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 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.  

Our most recent Seed Fund deadline closed in April 2019. Please stay tuned for more details on a possible call in September 2019.

Seed Fund recipients: helping ideas grow

The OFI Seed Fund has provided 45 projects with financial support, advancing innovative ideas that advance research, commercial and social concepts relating to the ocean. 

Seed Fund recipients from Dalhousie University ... 

  • Floris Goerlandt, Industrial Engineering, Stakeholder Risk Perceptions concerning Marine Autonomous Systems as a basis for Integrated Marine Risk Governance 
  • Anneke ten Doeschate, Department of Oceanography, Quantification of Ocean Turbulence in the Upper Ocean with Autonomous Vehicles – Bedford Basin Pilot experiment
  • Megan Bailey, Marine Affairs, Identification of community priorities for marine planning in Nunatsiavut through collaborative qualitative analysis
  • Robert Beiko, Computer Science, Environmental DNA by design: Building and validating a protocol for biodiversity assessment and linkage with sensor data
  • Debany Fonseca Pereira Batista, Ocean Sciences, A novel 15N2 – Gas Infusion Gill Apparatus (15N-GIGA) as a unifying solution for accurate and sensitive measurements of marine nitrogen fixation
  • Zhenyu Cheng, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Biodegradable plastic production by the novel marine heterotrophic diazotroph Candidatus Thalassolituus halegoni isolated from the coastal waters of Nova Scotia
  • Vittorio Maselli, Department of Earth Sciences, Reconstructing Storminess and Extreme Wave Events in Atlantic Canada
  • Pedram Sadeghian, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Feasibility study of the use of improved autogenous self-healing mechanism for cracks in concrete structures exposed to marine environment 
  • Krysta Sutton, School for Resource and Environment Studies, Telling Coastal Stories: Using Narrative to Frame How We Communicate Coastal Adaptation”
  • Kristin Doering, Department of Oceanography, Phytoplankton productivity and nutrient distribution in the Labrador Sea: Comparing recent warming with past warm phases 
  • Samsul Islam, Department of Industrial Engineering, Mapping of commodity characteristics using ship tracking data for mitigating the impact of natural disasters on local communities 
  • Aaron MacNeil, Department of Biology, Robust Compliance Estimation in Fisheries Science
  • Leigh Howarth, Oceanography, Developing a macroalgae ‘bioindicator’ to monitor natural and anthropogenic sources of nitrogen 
  • Christopher Algar, Department of Oceanography, The potential for microbial electrochemical cells to remediate organic matter
  • Dariia Atamanchuk, Department of Oceanography, 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
  • Erin Black, Department of Oceanography, Towards a better understanding of carbon cycling and sequestration: Quantifying sinking carbon in the Bedford Basin and beyond 
  • Kristina Boerder, Biology Department, Global Ocean Watch: Developing a global support tool for marine spatial planning and dynamic ocean management 
  • Jean-Francois Bousquet, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering/Department of Mechanical Engineering, Autonomous sailboat for remote sensing 
  • Craig Brown, Department of Oceanography, Quantifying intermediate scale roughness of benthic habitat with structure from motion
  • Carolyn Buchwald, Department of Oceanography, Determining the nutrient and carbon dioxide fluxes in local ecosystems due to kelp 
  • Allison S. Chua, Department of Oceanography, Optimization and performance assessment of the Seabed Friendly Scallop Harvester
  • Stefanie Colombo, Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Landlocked salmon as a genetic resource for omega-3 synthesis in farmed Atlantic salmon 
  • Danielle Denley, Department of Oceanography, Using kelp bed refuges to identify drivers of ecosystem resistance to the combined impacts of climate chand and invasive species
  • Graham Gagnon, Centre for Water Resources Studies, UV/TiO2 photoelectrocatalysis for the removal of aqueous 17β-estradiol and its metabolites in a recirculating aquaculture system
  • Marciel Gaier, Faculty of Engineering, Development of new composite non-toxic graphite-based marine anti-fouling paint
  • Markus Kienast, Department of Oceanography, Climate and ocean dynamics informing resource management and adaptation policy
  • Jong Sung Kim, Health and Environments Research Centre (HERC), Development of Methods for Iodine Speciation Measurement Toward Better Understanding of Iodine Impacts on Climate, Aquaculture and Health
  • Hugh MacIntyre, Department of Oceanography, Converting a pollutant to a high-value product: remediation of food-grade waste-streams through microalgal cultivation 
  • Eric Oliver, Department of Oceanography, Community-based Observing of coastal Nunatsiavut Ocean in Winter – Pilot (CONOW-P)
  • Daniel E. Ruzzante, Department of Biology, Close-kin mark-recapture estimation of abundance of marine organisms: Marker development for Grey Seals in the Northwest Atlantic
  • Owen Sherwood, Earth Sciences, A novel biogeochemical proxy for quantifying the contribution of ice algae to export productivity in the Arctic
  • Laurenne Schiller, Marine Affairs Program, Investigating fisher perceptions and attitudes toward public and private governing approaches for transboundary species in Atlantic Canada
  • Desai Shan, Schulich School of Law, Canadian Maritime Governance System Mapping and Analysis: Ready for Future Challenges? 
  • Vincent Sieben, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Planning for an ocean sensing strategy in 4D: moving from expensive “labs-on-the-ocean” toward vast networks of inexpensive “lab-on-a-chip” enabled drones
  • Amina Stoddart, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Department of Civil and Resources Engineering, Evaluating Novel Technologies for Ballast Water Management
  • Adam C. Stoer, Department of Oceanography, Estimating particulate carbon on the Scotian Shelf from remotely sensed measurements of particle back-scatter
  • Joseph Tamborski, Centre for Water Resources Studies/Centre for Water Resources Studies and Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Advanced Pressure-Temperature Sensing Equipment for Monitoring Ocean-Aquifer Mixing and Coastal Pollution Pathways 

Seed Fund recipients from Memorial University ...

  • Weimin Huang, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Sea Ice Smart Sensing from GNSS-R Data Using a Deep Learning Method 
  • Jon Fisher, Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Testing an industrial vessel of opportunity model for ship-time access to survey Canadian Arctic gateway ecosystems using baited remote underwater video 
  • Raymond Thomas, School of Science & the Environment, Heart Healthy Salmon: Assessment of polar lipid extracts from farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) for the development of cardioprotective nutraceuticals
  • Scott Grant, Marine Institute, Can light-weight drones provide spatial assessments of edible macroalgae in the intertidal and shallow subtidal zone of Kimmirut, Nunavut
  • Brad De Young, Physics and Physical Oceanography, Evaluating the technical and operational feasibility to monitor Placentia Bay for hydrocarbons using underwater gliders
  • Natalia Prieto Vidal, Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative, Development of Newfoundland wild berry flavoured omega-3, enriched oils from waste mussels 
  • Javier Santander, Department of Ocean Sciences, Climate change influences on marine bacterial pathogens: temperature and iron linked to virulence and vaccinology 
  • Brian Veitch, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, A new technique for human factors research in complex socio-technical operations