The OFI Seed Fund supports ocean-related projects that offer high potential for innovation success but need small amounts of funding to help them to move forward — and grow.  

The OFI Seed Fund

The Seed Fund supports innovative projects that have the potential to advance research, commercial or social concepts relating to the ocean. For example: 

  • conducting preliminary ocean research or feasibility studies
  • testing new approaches or developing prototypes that advance marine science 
  • developing a new concept, idea, or opportunity in support of ocean sustainability 


Applications are welcomed from current faculty, staff, and students at Dalhousie University and/or Memorial University of Newfoundland who are conducting research related to OFI priorities. The fund cannot be used to supplement OFI's large research projects, currently under way.  

For full details on eligibility and application procedures, click here. 

Seed Fund recipients: helping ideas grow

To date, the OFI Seed Fund has provided 13 research projects with financial support, advancing innovative ideas that advance research, commercial and social concepts relating to the ocean. Recipients are:

  • Marciel Gaier, Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University - Development of new composite non-toxic graphite-based marine anti-fouling paint
  • Brian Veitch, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University - A new technique for human factors research in complex socio-technical operations
  • Natalia Prieto Vidal, Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative, Memorial University - Development of Newfoundland wild berry flavoured omega-3, enriched oils from waste mussels
  • Ron Lewis, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University - Evaluating the technical and operational feasibility to monitor Placentia Bay for hydrocarbons using underwater gliders
  • Craig Brown, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University - Quantifying intermediate scale roughness of benthic habitat with structure from motion
  • Scott Grant, Marine Institute of Memorial University - Can light-weight drones provide spatial assessments of edible macroalgae in the intertidal and shallow subtidal zone of Kimmirut, Nunavut
  • Graham Gagnon, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Dalhousie University - UV/TiO2 photoelectrocatalysis for the removal of aqueous 17β-estradiol and its metabolites in a recirculating aquaculture system
  • Christopher Algar, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University - The potential for microbial electrochemical cells to remediate organic matter
  • Dariia Atamanchuk, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University - Revisiting the pressure effect on the carbonate system equilibrium: towards in situ measurements and quality control of pCO2 and pH sensors’ data on gliders, floats and moorings
  • Owen Sherwood, Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University - A novel biogeochemical proxy for quantifying the contribution of ice algae to export productivity in the Arctic
  • Allison S. Chua, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University - Optimization and performance assessment of the Seabed Friendly Scallop Harvester
  • Markus Kienast, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University - Climate and ocean dynamics informing resource management and adaptation policy
  • Javier Santander, Department of Ocean Sciences, Memorial University - Climate change influences on marine bacterial pathogens: temperature and iron linked to virulence and vaccinology