Seed Fund
Do you have an ocean-related project that offers high potential to catalyze innovation success? Do you need a small amount of funding to help it move forward — and grow?  

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

OFI is pleased to partner once again with Innovacorp, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Net Zero Atlantic, and Mitacs and welcomes Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia.

Workshop opportunities

May 25-26: SURGE Seed Fund Introduction

11:00 am- 5:00 pm ADT, Zoom & Dalhousie University

This workshop will help prospective applicants learn more about what makes a successful application, how to define an eligible project proposal, and network with like-minded researchers! The event will be a hybrid with the option to participate in person at Dalhousie University or online via Zoom.

SURGE trains STEM students in processes of design thinking and innovation in order to devise creative, science and technology-based solutions to urgent problems in the world today.

  1. Hear from past Seed Fund winners
  2. Tips for a successful application
  3. Learn about customer discovery and problem definition
  4. Network and share ideas with other researchers
Register for SURGE workshop

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.

innovation and commercialization path

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