Small Grant Scheme Reports

Click on the links below to download reports from successful and completed MASTS Small Grants Scheme awards.

November 2011 Funding Round
June 2012 Funding Round
October 2012 Funding Round
Deep Sea Forum Small Grant Round - April 2013
June 2013 Funding Round
November 2013 Funding Round
Marine Biodiversity Function and Services Theme Grant Round - March 2014
Deep Sea Forum Grant Round - March 2014
Marine Energy Forum Grant Round - March 2014
May 2014 Funding Round
Dynamics and Properties of Marine Systems Grant Round - July 2014
Marine Energy Forum Grant Round - September 2014
Deep Sea Forum Grant Round - September 2014
  • DSSG18: Improved mixing estimates of water masses in the FSC through enhanced spatial sampling of delta18O and nutrients (William Austine, St Andrews and Bee Berx, Marine Scotland Science)
  • DSSG22: Trench connection internship (Alan Jamieson, Aberdeen)
  • DSSG25: Parasites of the deep (Sonja Rueckert, Edinbugh Napier)
  • DSSG26: Phylogenetic analysis of Valvifera from the Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge (Natalia Serpetti, SAMS)
  • DSSG28: A new approach for measuring the sediment tracer thorium-234 in deep sea samples (Robert Turnewitsch, SAMS)
Coastal Zone Forum Student Grants - September 2014
Marine Biodiversity, Function & Services Theme Small Grant Round - September 2014
October 2014 Small Grant Funding Round
Technology, Platforms & Sensors Forum Funding Round - October 2014
Sustainable Aquaculture Forum Funding Round - March 2015
 Fisheries Science Forum Student Funding Round - May 2015
Marine Biogeochemistry Forum Small Grant Round - May 2015
  • MBFSG3: Photochemical and microbial degradation of particulate terrigenous organic matter in intertidal sediments (Evina Gontikaki, Aberdeen)
  • MBFSG4: Investigation into the carbon biogeochemistry of Caribbean mesophotic coral reefs (Tamara Green, St Andrews)
  • MBFSG5: Investigating the effects of flow on the biogeochemistry of an Orkney maerl reef (Jen Loxton, UHI)
  • MBFSG8: Saltmarsh restoration and blue carbon subsidisation (Ben Taylor, St Andrews)
Small Grants Funding Round - June 2015
Marine Planning & Governance Forum Small Grant Round - August 2015
Marine Energy Outreach Grant Round - August 2015
Fisheries Science Forum Grants to attend an ICES Working Group or Conference - August 2015
Coastal Process & Dynamics Form Grant Round - October 2015
MASTS Small Grants Round - October 2015

Technology, Platforms & Sensors Forum Funding Round - October 2015

  • TPSSG12: Phytoplankton community ID from small autonomous and robotic systems (Lars Boehme, St Andrews)
  • TPSSG13: Marine data acquisition for Palaeolandscape reconstruction at the World Heritage Sites, Orkney (Richard Bates - St Andrews & John Howe - SAMS)
  • TPSSG14: Sediment sensor (George Maniatis, Glasgow)
  • TPSSG15: Glucose monitor (Ailsa Hall, St Andrews)
  • TPSSG18: Building and evaluating recorders for seabird vocalisations at nesting sites with differing degrees of human disturbance (Karen Diele, Edinburgh Napier)
MASTS Marine Biogeochemistry Forum Small Grants Round - May 2016
MASTS Small Grants Round June 2016
MASTS Numerical Hydrodynamic Modelling Forum Small Grant Round November 2016

MASTS Small Grants Round November 2016
  • SG367: Understanding light enhanced calcification in corals (Nicola Allison, St Andrews University)
  • SG369: Open Source Marine Data Storage Tags: Getting from A to B (Michael Bell, Heriot Watt)
  • SG371: Microplastics in seals (Angela Capper, Heriot Watt)
  • SG384: Nutritional evaluation of seafood available to consumers in the UK (Matthew Sprague, Stirling University)
  • SG387: Workshop on "Parasites of commercially important marine fish species and their potential as population biological tags (Campbell Pert, Marine Scotland Science)
  • SG392: Investigating saltmarsh sedimentary carbon sources and particle size composition: Tracing the source to sink journey (Ben Taylor, St Andrews)
MASTS Marine Stressors Forum Small Grant Round March 2017
  • MSSG5: Balancing sub-lethal impacts of environmental stressors: enhanced survival in a multiple stressor world? (Jinhua Mao, Glasgow University)
  • MSSG6: Ecotoxicology of sunscreen on tropical corals in a changing ocean (Alice Tagliati, Heriot Watt University)
  • MSSG3: Effects of aquatic noise on the European sea urchin Echinus esculentus in different temperature contexts (Karen Diele, ENU) 
MASTS Small Grant Round May 2017
  • SG392: Effect of mycotoxins in fish gills using targeted transcriptomics and untargeted phosphoproteomic approaches (Amaya Albalat, Stirling University & other partners)
  • SG394: SK8CAMERA1 – Testing a baited timelapse camera lander to observe flapper (common) skates (Steven Benjamins, SAMS)
  • SG395: Exposure of Marine Invertebrate Larvae to Underwater Speaker Playbacks of Noise Pollution Sources in the Field (Edward Bolger, ENU)
  • SG396: Coral reefs and environmental niche construction: quantifying patterns and variability (Viviana Brambilla, St Andrews University)
  • SG397: Impact of a multiple stressor environment on the light harvesting capacity of mesophotic algae (Heidi Burdett, Heriot Watt)
  • SG398: Specialist equipment for microplastics extraction (Angela Capper, Heriot Watt)
  • SG400: Not so homogenous after all? Use of stable isotopes to identify regional population within European Lobsters (Matthew Coleman, Heriot Watt)
  • SG401: Does advection of harmful algae impact Shetland Aquaculture? (Paul Dees, SAMS)
  • SG402: Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on the Embryogenesis of Squids, Loligo spp. (Karen Diele, ENU & other partners)
  • SG403: Continuous Monitoring of Marine Soundscapes: Assessing Anthropogenic Noise Near Breeding Seabird Colonies (Karen Diele, ENU & other partners)
  • SG405: Pilot study into the use of accelerometry to characterise Atlantic salmon fin biting behaviour and energy expenditure (Maureen Ellis, Stirling University)
  • SG406: Nanopore sequencing the causative virus of infectious salmon anaemia – a problem disease for Scottish salmon aquaculture (Michael Gallagher, Aberdeen University)
  • SG407: Estimation of Genetic Components in aberrant formation of the gilthead sea bream otoliths in response to high pCO2 (Daniel Garcia, St Andrews University)
  • SG411: Informing population models with evolutionary theory to infer species’ conservation status (Cat Horswill, Glasgow University)
  • SG412: Research and collaboration visit to Palau Community College (Mark James, St Andrews University)
  • SG413: Learning a new non-lethal technique for the routine identification of sea lice in stomach fluid samples taken through the mouth of lumpfish (Enrique Pino Martinez, Stirling University)
  • SG415: Fish cell lines for viral diagnostics: genotypic and phenotypic characterisation of a CRISPR/Cas9 knock out salmonid cell line (Sam Martin, Aberdeen University)
  • SG416: Molecular analysis of Vitamin D utilisation in triploid Atlantic salmon (Elspeth McStay, Stirling University)
  • SG417: Improving the evidence base for scallop diving fisheries management (Tania Mendo, St Andrews University)
  • SG421: Assessing Social Attitudes to the Marine Environment in the UK and Portugal (Tavis Potts, Aberdeen University)
  • SG422: Improving Current Hatchery Procedures for Juvenile Cyclopterus lumpus (Lumpfish) (Sonia Rey Planellas, Stirling University)
  • SG423: Biodiversity of a European oyster (O. edulis) bed (Ana Rodriguez, Heriot Watt)
  • SG425: Sediment coring the Eden Estuary to facilitate accounting of its carbon storage benefit (Ben Taylor, St Andrews University)
  • SG428: Long term tracking of a Critically Endangered apex predator, the flapper skate (James Thorburn, Marine Scotland)
  • SG431: Dynamics of Scapa Flow; Tide Gauge (David Woolf, Heriot Watt)
  • SG433: Exploring the evolutionary adaptation of bacteria to the ecosystem engineering activities of infauna (Adam Wyness, St Andrews University)
MASTS Deep Sea Forum Small Grant Round May 2017
  • DSSG30: Fireworms: Community Size Structure Analysis (Bhavani Narayanaswamy, SAMS)
  • DSSG31: Geochemical Signatures within the Contourite Depositional System of Gulf of Cádiz - Paleoclimate Indicators (Zeinab Smillie, Heriot Watt)
  • DSSG32: The influence of seafloor geometry on sediment biogeochemistry (Robert Turnewitsch, SAMS)
 MASTS Technology, Platforms & Sensors Forum Small Grant Round May 2017
  • TPSSG24: Acoustic Observation Model (Roland Proud, St Andrews University) 
  • TPSSG25: Filling the White Ribbon (Craig Smeaton, St Andrews University)
MASTS Numerical Hydrodynamic Modelling Forum Small Grant Round May 2017
  • NHMSG7: Internal wave dynamics of the marginal ice zone (Magda Carr, St Andrews University)
MASTS Coastal Processes & Dynamics Forum Small Grant Round May 2017
  • CPDSG12: Role of the world’s deepest living algae in Pitcairn Island’s blue carbon store (Heidi Burdett, Heriot Watt)
  • CPDSG14: UAV Remote Sensing for Spatio-Temporal Monitoring of Phenological Change of Saltmarsh Vegetation (David Green, Aberdeen University) 
  • CPDSG18: The effect of particle density on the source, transport and distribution of sediment in coastal environments (Craig Smeaton, St Andrews University)
MASTS Coastal Processes & Dynamics Forum Small Grant Round May 2017
  • MESG16: Exposure of Early Life Stage Marine Invertebrates to Playbacks of Marine Renewable Energy Installation Vibrations (Edward Bolger, ENU)
  • MESG17: Ecology of Black Guillemots in Relation to Marine Renewable Energy Developments (Daniel Johnston, UHI)
MASTS Marine Biogeochemistry Forum Small Grant Round May 2017
  • MBFSG22: The impact of ocean acidification and rising seawater temperatures on the DIC chemistry of coral calcification fluids (Nicola Allison, St Andrews)
  • MBFSG28: Multiple stressors and their primary productivity impacts (Bonnie Lewis, Glasgow)
  • MBFSG32: Carbon source to sink journey: Tracing the drivers of saltmarsh sedimentary carbon storage (Ben Taylor, St Andrews)
  • MBFSG33: The influence of seafloor geometry on sediment biogeochemistry (Robert Turnewitsch, SAMS)