The SARTRAC Flexible Innovation Fund is accessible to members of the SARTRAC team. The Flexible Innovation Fund (FIF) provides small grants to support emerging research needs as SARTRAC progresses. See a full list of FIF funded projects below.
The FIF requires submission of a Concept Note which, following feedback, is developed into a Full Project Proposal. Each Concept Note and Full Proposal will be reviewed internally by two members of the SARTRAC Project Management Board (https://www.sartrac.org/people/management-group). The process of review is to ensure a high standard of research is conducted across the programme, that FIF-funded research projects fit within the broad objectives of SARTRAC, and that a legacy of shared data exists. Members of the SARTRAC team can find the guidance on how to submit a Concept Note and a Full Proposal to the FIF here.
Each funded FIF project submit internal Monthly reports and public End of Award/Final project reports. Final project reports can be found below.
Currently funded projects (in progress):
FIF1: led by Dr Winnie Sowah (University of Ghana): “Socio-economic impacts of Sargassum influx events on the artisanal fishery sector of Ghana” Mar21-Aug21 (delayed due to COVID). See the latest blog for this project here.
FIF2: led by Prof Hazel Oxenford (CERMES, Barbados): “An assessment of the growth and mortality of NERR sourced pelagic sargassum” Aug21-Mar22. See the latest blog for this project here.
FIF3: led by Prof Hazel Oxenford (CERMES, Barbados): “Monitoring sargassum stranding volumes on the east coast of Barbados in the wake of the Soufriere ash cloud” Jul21–Sep21. See the latest blog for this project here.
FIF4: led by Bethia Thomas (CERMES, Barbados): “Sargassum Adaptation Strategies in Saint Lucia” Oct21-Nov21
FIF5: led by Dr Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah (University of Ghana): “Severity Mapping of Sargassum beaching along the Western coast of Ghana” Sept21-Apr22
FIF6: led by Prof Ava Maxam (MGI, Jamaica): “An operational and near real time monitoring and dissemination system – early warning system for Jamaica” Nov21-Oct22
Final project reports:
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