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.


The Round 6 Seed Fund Call is open! Deadline is September 30, 2021


OFI is once again partnering with Innovacorp, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada(NSERC) and Mitacs in Round 6 of the OFI Seed Funds.

Seed Fund recipients: helping ideas grow

Since 2018, the OFI Seed Fund has provided nearly 100 projects with financial support helping to advance innovative ideas in research, commercial and social concepts relating to the ocean in such areas as engineering, biology, aquaculture, environment and earth sciences.

What past recipients say about the Seed Fund:

I appreciated the flexibility of the Seed Fund program, not tied to any particular outcome, just pure, fundamental science
Great opportunity for projects that have large potential but no opportunity to be funded by traditional institution

Success stories

Read about our seed fund success stories by clicking here or about our most recent Ocean Literacy success story. Below is the full list of all seed funds that OFI have awarded.

Learn more about our seed fund projects