FlowCam® Research Grants from Fluid Imaging Technologies

Fluid Imaging Technologies firmly believes in the importance of scientific research performed using our instruments.  We believe in giving back to the academic research world and have designed two specific grant programs to foster this.

Algae Technology Research Grant

Students enrolled at a college or university in the United States who are studying advanced uses and production methods of algae are encouraged to apply
for the use of a FlowCam to support their research.

The winner will receive a paid trip to the 2017 ABO Algae Biomass Summit (or other approved North American conference within 12 months of completion of project).

Proposals are due on January 31, 2017. The award winner will be announced by February 15. The grant winner should plan to begin research in March or April.

Aquatic Research Equipment Grant

This grant is open to graduate students and senior undergraduates enrolled in a US college or university, who are studying marine or freshwater ecosystems, with a focus on microorganisms.  Students whose research involves the study of marine or freshwater plankton are encouraged to apply to use a FlowCam to support their research.

The winner will receive a paid trip to the 2018 ASLO/Ocean Sciences Winter Meeting (or other appropriate North American Conference within 12 months of project completion).

Proposals are due March 31, 2017. The Aquatic Research grant award winner will be announced by May 1st.  The grant will should plan on startnig the project in June or July.

Details on Both Grants

All proposals will be reviewed and evenaual winner chosen by a panel of up to 4 independent scientists, each having experience with use of the FlowCam.

Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
•  Scientific merit
•  Appropriate use of the FlowCam
•  Ability to obtain measurable results within 4 months of the use of the FlowCam

Winner of each award will receive the following:

  • Use of a FlowCam for a period of up to 4 months
  • Comprehensive instrument training onsite or at FIT headquarteres in Scarborough Maine.
  • On-going technical support throughout your project

Proposal Submission:

Your proposal must include your resume, contact information and a detailed description of your research plan: topic, hypothesis, methods, and how to make
best use of the FlowCam. Proposals must be limited to 3 pages (not including resume and contact information). Please also submit contact information for two references other than thesis advisor, along with a letter of recommendaton from your advisor  with your proposal.

Please direct all inquiries and/or submissions to Frances Buerkens

Data collected with FlowCam may be shared with Fluid Imaging Technologies for development purposes. Student must acknowledge Fluid Imaging Technologies in any presentation or publication when using data collected with FlowCam. The reviewers and Fluid Imaging Technologies reserve the right not to select any proposals if none are deemed to adequately meet the judging criteria.

Past Awardees

  •  2014 Winner:  Dynamic Imaging Particle Analysis for Quantitative Morphological Analysis and Cell Counting - Coral J. Fung Shek, M.S.E. Candidate, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2013 Winner:  Elucidating the Impacts of Seasonal Variation and Contaminant Supressants in Algal Cultures Using FlowCam - Louis R. Brown, Ph.D. student and Project Manager, Pecos Algae Facility, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Recent Publications

  • Effect of Brachions rubens on the growth characteristics of various species of microalgae -- Electronic Journal of Biotechnology / Reda A.I. About-Shanab, et al. 2016
  • Low-energy input continuous flow rapid pre-concentration of microalgae through electro-coagulation-flocculation -- Chemical Engineering Journal / Teodora Shuman, et al. 2016