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A collaborative approach is not only reflected in the research OFI does, it was a mandatory requirement to receive funding. OFI researchers will find sustainable solutions to our ocean challenges by taking an integrated and interdisciplinary approach. 

Required Elements

In addressing the two themes, research proposals must specify how they will apply:

  • Tools and innovation (defined broadly from engineering to policy) 
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences 

The following elements must also be considered (and for those projects that proceed beyond the EOI stage, this information must be clearly planned with budget line items): 

  • Data management
  • Stakeholder and Indigenous engagement
  • Interdisciplinary linkages
  • Partner linkages
  • Inclusion of traditional and local knowledge
  • Public outreach

Special Engagement

  • Engagement of Indigenous Communities 

All Phase 2 investigators will be expected to undergo basic training in Indigenous culture and awareness. Special consideration will be given to research proposals that show evidence of respectfully applying traditional knowledge, explicit engagement of Indigenous investigators, and/or address the special concerns or research interests of Indigenous communities. If your proposal will engage Indigenous researchers and/or communities, and you require support or assistance, please contact indigenous.ofi@dal.ca and OFI will endeavour to help find the required resources.

  • Engagement of the Ocean Supercluster 

OFI and the Ocean Supercluster are seeking to identify at least one proposal that aligns the two organizations and leverages research and industry strengths together for Atlantic Canada. Industry funding including explicit Ocean Supercluster endorsement would be a strength. The Ocean Supercluster’s primary foci are genomics, environmental characterization through new sensors and data streams, and the development of the “digital twin”.

  • Engagement of International Partners 

While funding cannot flow directly to international partners, Phase 2 consortia should include collaborations with international investigators, particularly from institutions which are already formal partners of OFI. Students and post-doctoral fellows may be co-supervised with international investigators to bring complementary expertise, access to infrastructure and ship time, into the project. A strong proposal would show how such collaboration benefits, broadens and links the project.