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Ocean Insight 2021 Grant Program

  • Education & Academia
  • Spectrometers

The Applied Spectral Knowledge Podcast is a forum for insights into spectral sensing challenges. In this episode, we share some tips on the Ocean Insight Grant Program screening process. The program deadline is Dec. 21, 2021.

Season 2, Episode 2: Ocean Insight 2021 Grant Program

Ocean Insight Knowledge Manager Rob Morris joins a mystery guest to discuss the ins and outs of the Ocean Insight 2021 Grant Program. You’ll learn about the upcoming proposal deadline (2:35), important judging criteria (10:35), and the ease of the application process (13:11).

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Researchers from start-up companies and local, state and federal institutions including colleges, universities, research centers and regulatory agencies are eligible.

Grant Program Awards

Ocean Insight will make awards of up to $20,000 USD in equipment donations:

  • Ocean Imagination Awards – up to 4 finalists at $5,000 in products
  • Ocean Merit Awards – up to 2 winners at $10,000 in products
  • Ocean Inspiration Award – up to 1 winner at $20,000 in products

Also, Grant Program awardees are entitled to enhanced technical support via a single Fixed Insight Study from our Ocean Lab Services team. This support is subject to the same criteria governing the use of equipment donations (see Other Considerations below).

Important Dates 

  • Program launch: Oct. 1, 2021
  • Application deadline: Dec. 21, 2021
  • Semifinalists announced: Jan. 21, 2022
  • Award recipients announced: Feb. 4, 2022


Your application must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. When submitting your application, you agree to the following terms:

  • Permission for Ocean Insight to generate publicity relating to the application and/or award including press releases and case studies.
  • Permission for Ocean Insight to contact the applicant(s) about our products and services.

Successful Applications 

Ocean Insight collaborates with customers to discover, refine and deliver new approaches to solving the world’s most pressing problems with spectral technologies. Our expert Grant Program judging panel will evaluate applications based on their technical merit, innovation, and advancement of initiatives that improve health, safety or the environment. Recent grant awardees are developing new approaches to cancer detection, to atmospheric monitoring of natural aerosols, and to methods for plastic waste remediation.

Other Considerations 

  • No purchase is necessary to apply for an award.
  • Ocean Insight reserves the right to exclude applications that fail to meet the program criteria as outlined in Successful Applications.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted.
  • Grantees have nine (9) months from the date of the award to order Ocean Insight equipment and/or apply the enhanced technical support provision. Grantees may not disperse the equipment award over more than two (2) transactions. Restrictions may apply to items affected by unforeseen global supply issues.
  • Products selected by grantees will be valued in USD at the standard retail pricing in effect when the award is redeemed.
  • Ocean Insight is not responsible for any local, state or federal taxes resulting from the award.
  • In addition to the product donation, and as part of the donation transaction only, Ocean Insight will provide to grant winners standard UPS ground shipping at no charge. Expedited shipping, and customs fees or duties, are not part of the award.
  • Ocean Insight reserves the right to change the terms or conditions of the program at any time, for any reason, without prior written notice.


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