Previously Awarded Seed Fund Projects
List of all completed and ongoing Seed Fund projects that have been received
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Expected to open May 2024

Congratulations to our latest Seed Fund award recipients. A total of 20 Seed Funds were awarded to help support ocean-related projects that offer high potential for innovation success.

A High-Performance Oil-Free Electric-based Gyroscopic Stabilizer for Marine Vessels: Development of a Seed Prototype

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mohammad Al Janaideh

Aligning scholarly and public understanding of ocean knowledge: an assessment based on the UN Second World Ocean Assessment Report

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Rémi Toupin and Dr. Philippe Mongeon

An experimental facility for the characterization of mobile underwater communication networks

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Jean-François Bousquet

Aquaculture for regional resilience beyond industrial diversification

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Shuna Ho

Assessing impacts of ocean climate variability on a key marine calcifier in the Northwest Atlantic

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Kris Poduska and Dr. Patrick Gagnon

Can Microbial Fuel Cells Remove Mal Odour Compounds from Recirculating Aquaculture Systems?

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Chris Algar

Developing an advanced IoT prototype to monitor the coastal ecosystems surrounding indigenous communities

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Hung Cao and Dr. Ian Church

Developing effective strategies for reducing ice accretion and de-icing of offshore wind turbine rotor blades

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Baafour Nyantekyi-Kwakye

Development of novel hidden Markov models to identify fish productivity regimes and forecast future productivity and fisheries management targets

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Nan Zheng

Digital Twinning Marine Ecosystems Around Aquaculture and IMTA Systems

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Andy Simoneau

Duo Photo/Electro-Thermal Water Desalination for Remote Coastal Communities

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Heather Buckley and Kirsten Aasen

Enhancing phytoplankton production of the essential omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) by manipulation of co-occurring bacteria

Principal Investigator:
Christine Latimer and Dr. Hugh MacIntyre

Environmentally friendly snow crab pot design: improving sorting of undersized crabs and increasing catch efficiency

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Tomas Araya-Schmidt

Human machine conflict resolution in marine autonomous surface ships

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Syed Imtiaz

Impact of fishing vessel nocturnal activity on the presence of Leach’s Storm-petrel in harbours

Principal Investigator:
Fiona Le Taro and Dr. Paul-Pierre Bitton

Improving the reliability, cost-efficiency, and overall success of kelp seed production in Nova Scotia

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Carly Buchwald

Machine Learning of the Ocean’s Equatorial Deep Circulation

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald

Machine Learning-based Optimization for Placement and Control of Buoys in Wave Energy Conversion

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Hamid Usefi

Nature-based Solution to Coastal Remediation in Boat Harbour, NS

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Ramon Filgueira

Near surface turbulence and bubbles in the Labrador Sea from an autonomous underwater vehicle

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Ruth Musgrave and Dr. Dariia Atamanchuk

North Atlantic right whale prey field sampling close to the seafloor

Principal Investigator:
Jay Kirkham and Dr. Sarah Fortune

Novel application of food processing technique for preservation of fresh sea cucumber qualities

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Deepika Dave

Population demographics and bioenergetics of the elusive Greenland shark in the Saguenay Fjord

Principal Investigator:
Dr. David Deslauriers

SMART-HAB: Satellite imagery-based Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Tool for Harmful Algal Bloom Detection

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Christopher Whidden

Seismic Sentinels: Monitoring Earthquakes and Whales in the Lower St. Lawrence Seaway

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Miao Zhang

Towards a holistically superior analysis of next-generation sustainable aquafeeds on fish immune responses

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Albert Solares Caballero and Dr. Matt Rise

Towards a quantitative metabarcoding approach for eDNA-based environmental assessment of whole ecosystems

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Julie LaRoche

Turning Atlantic Cod fish collagen waste into microfibers for tissue engineering applications

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Laurent Kreplak and Dr. John Frampton

UV/Nanobubble Treatment as a Novel Alternative to Mitigate Taste and Odour Compounds in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Graham Gagnon, Jessica Bennett, and Dr. Stefanie Colombo

Upscaling through field trial of a novel high-entropy alloy thin coating solution for marine anti-fouling problem

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Gobinda Saha and Dr. Clodualdo Aranas

Previous Seed Fund recipients

Phase VIII

A High-Performance Oil-Free Electric-based Gyroscopic Stabilizer for Marine Vessels: Development of a Seed Prototype
Aligning scholarly and public understanding of ocean knowledge: an assessment based on the UN Second World Ocean Assessment Report
An experimental facility for the characterization of mobile underwater communication networks
Aquaculture for regional resilience beyond industrial diversification
Assessing impacts of ocean climate variability on a key marine calcifier in the Northwest Atlantic
Can Microbial Fuel Cells Remove Mal Odour Compounds from Recirculating Aquaculture Systems?
Developing an advanced IoT prototype to monitor the coastal ecosystems surrounding indigenous communities
Developing effective strategies for reducing ice accretion and de-icing of offshore wind turbine rotor blades
Development of novel hidden Markov models to identify fish productivity regimes and forecast future productivity and fisheries management targets
Digital Twinning Marine Ecosystems Around Aquaculture and IMTA Systems
Duo Photo/Electro-Thermal Water Desalination for Remote Coastal Communities
Enhancing phytoplankton production of the essential omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) by manipulation of co-occurring bacteria
Environmentally friendly snow crab pot design: improving sorting of undersized crabs and increasing catch efficiency
Human machine conflict resolution in marine autonomous surface ships
Impact of fishing vessel nocturnal activity on the presence of Leach’s Storm-petrel in harbours
Improving the reliability, cost-efficiency, and overall success of kelp seed production in Nova Scotia
Machine Learning of the Ocean’s Equatorial Deep Circulation
Machine Learning-based Optimization for Placement and Control of Buoys in Wave Energy Conversion
Nature-based Solution to Coastal Remediation in Boat Harbour, NS
Near surface turbulence and bubbles in the Labrador Sea from an autonomous underwater vehicle
North Atlantic right whale prey field sampling close to the seafloor
Novel application of food processing technique for preservation of fresh sea cucumber qualities
Population demographics and bioenergetics of the elusive Greenland shark in the Saguenay Fjord
SMART-HAB: Satellite imagery-based Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Tool for Harmful Algal Bloom Detection
Seismic Sentinels: Monitoring Earthquakes and Whales in the Lower St. Lawrence Seaway
Towards a holistically superior analysis of next-generation sustainable aquafeeds on fish immune responses
Towards a quantitative metabarcoding approach for eDNA-based environmental assessment of whole ecosystems
Turning Atlantic Cod fish collagen waste into microfibers for tissue engineering applications
UV/Nanobubble Treatment as a Novel Alternative to Mitigate Taste and Odour Compounds in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
Upscaling through field trial of a novel high-entropy alloy thin coating solution for marine anti-fouling problem

Phase VII

"Green" biomass-based adsorbents for wastewater treatment
A "Seed" for Autonomous Ship-to-Ship Crane System
A Two-Eyed Seeing Evaluation of the DFO (Maritimes Region) ecosystem-Based Management Framework Applied to Treaty Fisheries Implementation
A submersible, autonomous total alkalinity sensor for evaluating oceanic carbon uptake
Assessing Natural Solutions to Rapid Loss of Coastline, Cultural Sites, and Keystone-Species Habitat in Nunatsiavut
Assessing the effects of Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE) on the marine microbiome
Constraining the Northwest Atlantic carbon sink using a warm climate analog
Dealing with disease/stress in aquaculture: let salmon cells define nutritional needs
Designing safer marine coatings for biofouling prevention: addressing reversible and irreversible damages with new materials
Developing sustainable artisanal diets to improve performance in a commercial shrimp production farm in Cabo Verde
Development of a novel, RT-RPA coupled CRISPR-Cas12a-based “point-of harvest” assay for marine vesivirus genetic material in seal products.
Diversity of Nature: BIPOC-led Ocean Outreach
Exploration and Preservation of the Nutritional Value and Bioactive Compounds of Atlantic Seaweed Species
New Integrated Design Approach for Wharves in Nova Scotia to Meet 2050 Target GHG Emissions Set by the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Ac
Ocean Waves to Power Monitoring Buoys
Population age-structure of the Atlantic puffin as a North Atlantic wide population health assessment tool
Understanding ecosystem services trade-offs around dykeland futures: a pilot using Bayesian Networks
Unraveling the effects of long-chain omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids on salmon health
Use of mussel gaping behaviour as a toxin early warning system
Weaving different ways of knowing for community-based monitoring and forecasting in social-ecological coastal systems

Phase VI

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

Phase V

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

Phase IV

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

Phase III

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

Phase II

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

Phase I

A Novel Biogeochemical Proxy for Quantifying the Contribution of Ice Algae to Export Productivity in the Arctic
A new technique for human factors in complex socio-technical operations
Can Light Weight Drones Provide Spatial Assessments of Edible Macroalgae in the Intertidal and Shallow Subtidal Zone of Kimmirut, Nunavut?
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
Development of Newfoundland wild berry flavored omega-3 enriched oils from waste mussels
Development of a new composite non-toxic graphite-based marine anti-fouling paint
Optimization and performance assessment of the Seabed Friendly Scallop Harvester
Quantifying Intermediate Scale Roughness of Benthic Habitat with Structure-from-Motion
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
UV/TiO2 photoelectrocatalysis for the removal of aqueous 17β-estradiol and its metabolites in a recirculating aquaculture system