Seed Fund Projects
List of all completed and ongoing Seed Fund projects

Phase VI

High-entropy alloy feedstock development for anti-fouling thin coating for marine application
Additive Manufacturing of Living Building Materials to support bioremediation of coastal waterways and carbon sequestration
Implementing Edge Computing in Ocean Mapping Data Collection
Understanding perceptions of blue economy careers among today’s youth: a comparative analysis between Nova Scotia and a West African Small Island Developing State
Development of an ultra-sensitive environmental DNA marker for detection of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) at low abundance in freshwater and marine environments
Barium biogeochemistry as a key to understanding Greenland's growing influence on nutrient bioavailability in the North Atlantic
Development of an effective blueprint to interpret the paleoceanographic signal provided by sedimentary tracers around Nain, Nunatsiavut
An autonomous, ship-based system for the determination of mixed layer net community production in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean
Linking declining Atlantic salmon populations with multidecadal changes in their marine foraging ecology
Testing the ability of a short-term bio-assay to assess impacts of ocean alkalization on phytoplankton
Impact of Increasing Wave Power due to Oceanic Warming on the Structural Reliability of Costal Infrastructure in Nova Scotia
Integration of pCO2 system for long-term autonomous measurements from waveglider
Application of Rhodobacter capsulatus and Rhodobacter sphaeroidesfor hydrocarbon degradation and terpene production
Reconstructing the spatial and trophic ecology of the stranded Sambro blue whale
Investigation of pretreatment methods and storage conditions effect on lipid composition of oil extracted from Atlantic salmon waste resources
Sustainable Development and Seabed Mining Environmental Performance Guarantees, precaution and the polluter pays principle
Establishing the value of blue carbon to Nova Scotia: a case study
Testing a new technology to maintain and restore healthy kelp beds
Development of a small scale UAV test platform to monitor ice thickness in Inuit communities
Portable sediment profile imaging for accessible mapping and monitoring of coastal environments
Design and Implementation of a Highly Performant Receiver for Underwater Visible Light Communication Systems
Atlantic halibut age estimation using epigenomics
Development of a Non-Invasive Robust Oyster Heartbeat Monitor for Precision Aquaculture
Hybrid Nanogenerator for Renewable Energy Harvesting from Ocean Waves
Equitable science hardware for investigating microplastics in ice
Biosurveillance of MSX and other oyster diseases in the Bras d’Or Lakes: Establishment of an end-to-end platform for rapid on-site detection of known oyster parasites from environmental DNA (eDNA)
Dynamic Safety and Risk Assessment of Marine Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS)

Phase V

Optical Biosensors for the Detection and Monitoring of Brominated Flame Retardants in the Marine Environment
A Hybrid Ice Protection Technique for Offshore Structures and Marine Vessels in Cold Regions
Experimental Study to Assess Effective Remediation in Fractured Heterogeneous Porous Media
The effects of declining omega-3 fatty acids on avian cognition in a marine ecosystem
Canadian Maritime Welfare Governance System: a Gap Analysis
Developing a geospatial analytical tool to assess potential risks posed by landfill leachates and runoffs to the local marine ecosystem
Holocene Tropical Cyclone Variability and Extreme Waves in Atlantic Canada, north of 45° N
Baited remote underwater video (BRUV) for validating environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding in Canada’s Marine Protected Areas
Farmed Atlantic salmon with enhanced tolerance to plant-based diets
Real-time phytoplankton community classification with optimized spectral fluorescence detection
Building an Ocean Literacy Strategy for Parks Canada
Combining algal and fungal remediation of food-grade waste streams
Impact of Rising Sea Level and Changes in Water Salinity due to Global Warming on the Service Life of Coastal Concrete Structures in Nova Scotia
Acoustic Bait: Attracting Lobster with Sound
Advanced capacity for autonomous detection of green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)
Investigation of Seismicity Offshore Nova Scotia and Newfoundland
Next-Generation Marine Environment Sensors based on Plasmonic Fiber-Optics
Developing an indicator of bivalve feeding pressure using trophic biomarkers

Phase IV

Movement of microplastics from land to sea in an urban waterway in St. John’s Newfoundland
Development of a rapid, low-cost method for the discovery and surveillance of viruses at the land-sea surface
Omics approaches for prevention and control of infectious disease in cleaner fish using blood derived exosomes
Using luminescent twine to improve conservation goals in the Canadian snow crab pot fishery
Deep Learning for Sea Ice Image Semantic Segmentation
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing for Improved Safety and Service Life in Harsh Marine Environment
Women of the Arctic Ocean: Exploring the Intersection of Gender, Indigeneity and the Law of the Sea in the Canadian Arctic
Building a National Ocean Literacy Strategy
Solar Desalination using Plasmonic Interfaces
Autonomous hovercraft for acoustic monitoring of tidal energy devices
Passive acoustic detection and monitoring of hydrothermal vents
Understanding the nitrogen isotope biogeochemistry of sewage wastewater for use as bioindicators in the marine environment
Evaluating Emerging Ultraviolet Technologies for Novel Disinfection Treatment Systems in Open Net-pen Salmon Aquaculture
Reducing Bacterial Contamination of Mixotrophic Algal Cultures through Differential Treatment with UVC
Ocean Turbulence During High Wind Conditions on the Scotian Shelf
Design and application of environmental-gene panels targeting aquatic and marine microbes: Proof of concept with 48 gene targets
A Programmable and Efficient Underwater Internet of Things (uiOt) to Measure Ocean Dynamics
Development of a Whale Aerial Sampling Platform (WASP)
Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ocean Observing: Exploring the Potential for Partnership in Atlantic Canada

Phase III

Heart Healthy Salmon: Assessment of polar lipid extracts from farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) for the development of cardioprotective nutraceuticals
Testing an industrial vessel of opportunity model for ship-time access to survey Canadian Arctic gateway ecosystems using baited remote underwater video
Sea Ice Smart Sensing from GNSS-R Data Using a Deep Learning Method
Developing a macroalgae ‘bioindicator’ to monitor natural and anthropogenic sources of nitrogen
Mapping of commodity characteristics using ship tracking data for mitigating the impact of natural disasters on local communities
Phytoplankton productivity and nutrient distribution in the Labrador Sea: Comparing recent warming with past warm phases
Telling Coastal Stories: Using Narrative to Frame How We Communicate Coastal Adaptation
Feasibility study of the use of improved autogenous self-healing mechanism for cracks in concrete structures exposed to marine environment
Reconstructing Storminess and Extreme Wave Events in Atlantic Canada
Biodegradable plastic production by the novel marine heterotrophic diazotroph Candidatus Thalassolituus halegoni isolated from the coastal waters of Nova Scotia
A novel 15N2 – Gas Infusion Gill Apparatus (15N-GIGA) as a unifying solution for accurate and sensitive measurements of marine nitrogen fixation
Environmental DNA by design: Building and validating a protocol for biodiversity assessment and linkage with sensor data
Identification of community priorities for marine planning in Nunatsiavut through collaborative qualitative analysis
Quantification of Ocean Turbulence in the Upper Ocean with Autonomous Vehicles – Bedford Basin Pilot experiment
Robust Compliance Estimation in Fisheries Science

Phase II

Exploring a genetic approach to estimating the size of marine fisheries
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
Converting a pollutant to a high-value product: remediation of food-grade waste-streams through microalgal cultivation
Community-based Observing of coastal Nunatsiavut Ocean in Winter – Pilot (CONOW-P)
Estimating particulate carbon on the Scotian shelf from remotely sensed measurements of particle back-scatter
Canadian Maritime Governance System Mapping and Analysis: Ready for Future Challenges?
Development of Methods for Iodine Speciation Measurement Toward Better Understanding of Iodine Impacts on Climate, Aquaculture and Health (Co-applicants Qiang Shi & Doug Wallace)
Evaluating Novel Technologies for Ballast Water Management
Global Ocean Watch - Developing a global support tool for marine spatial planning and dynamic ocean management
Autonomous sailboat for remote sensing
Using kelp bed refuges to identify drivers of ecosystem resistance to the combined impacts of climate change and invasive species
Towards a better understanding of carbon cycling and sequestration: Quantifying sinking carbon in the Bedford Basin and beyond (co-applicant Stephanie Kienast)
Close-kin mark-recapture estimation of abundance of marine organisms: Marker development for grey seals in the Northwest Atlantic
Determining the nutrient and carbon dioxide fluxes in local ecosystems due to kelp
Landlocked salmon as a genetic resource for omega-3 synthesis in farmed Atlantic salmon

Phase I

Optimization and performance assessment of the Seabed Friendly Scallop Harvester
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
The potential for microbial electrochemical cells to remediate organic matter loading from aquaculture operations
Quantifying Intermediate Scale Roughness of Benthic Habitat with Structure-from-Motion
Climate Change Influences on Marine Bacterial Pathogens: Temperature and Iron linked to Virulence and Vaccinology
Climate and Ocean Dynamics Informing Resource Management and Adaptation Policy
A Novel Biogeochemical Proxy for Quantifying the Contribution of Ice Algae to Export Productivity in the Arctic
UV/TiO2 photoelectrocatalysis for the removal of aqueous 17β-estradiol and its metabolites in a recirculating aquaculture system
Can Light Weight Drones Provide Spatial Assessments of Edible Macroalgae in the Intertidal and Shallow Subtidal Zone of Kimmirut, Nunavut?
Development of Newfoundland wild berry flavored omega-3 enriched oils from waste mussels
A new technique for human factors in complex socio-technical operations
Development of a new composite non-toxic graphite-based marine anti-fouling paint