Seed Fund
Offering funding for innovative ocean-related projects

The Seed Fund offers funding for ocean-related projects that offer high potential for innovation success. The funding is designed to help projects move forward — and grow.    Since 2018, funding has been provided to more than 100 projects to advance innovative ideas in research, commercial and social concepts relating to the ocean, including engineering, biology, aquaculture, environment and earth sciences. 

Applications now open for Seed Fund Round VIII

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) is now accepting applications for the Seed Fund program.  This call will accept applications from: 

  • Dalhousie University 
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • The University of Prince Edward Island 
  • Université de Québec à Rimouski
  • Université Laval
  • The University of New Brunswick 
  • The University of Victoria

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2023, at 11:59pm (Atlantic Time).  

For this eighth round of funding, OFI is thrilled to be partnering with Invest Nova Scotia, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Genome Atlantic, and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. 

Apply now!

For more information

Prospective Seed Fund Applicants are invited to join a virtual SURGE Workshop on June 15, 2023, to learn more about this opportunity. Register to attend the workshop here.


Seed innovation and commercialization

Innovation is not complete until it gets to the market.  Scientists, researchers and innovators are increasing the impact of their work by commercializing their expertise into technology, products, and services to make an impact on the planet.  Sustainable development of ocean resources is enabled through innovative commercial ventures and these businesses will be a primary catalyst and solution to the world’s largest ocean sustainability problems. The Ocean Frontier Institute Seed Fund and ecosystem partners form the base of the innovation and commercialization pathway through aligned programs and funding to inspire, initiate, and invest in new ocean ventures.  Join the commercialization community making an impact.

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