Marine Sensors research projects funding announcement

5 January 2018

Three marine sensor proof of concept research projects are to be funded as a result of the collaboration between NERC and the Japanese Science & Technology Agency (JST) within their framework of their Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP).

The three projects to be funded as a result of the collaboration between NERC and JST are:

  • Development of in situ particulate radioactivity sensor

    Matthew Mowlem, Professor, Ocean Technology & Engineering, National Oceanography Centre (NOC, Southampton)

    Kiminori Shitashima, Professor, Department of Marine Resources & Energy, Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology (TUMSAT)

    The proposal aims to develop in situ particulate radioactivity sensor for elucidation of the oceanic material removal process by settling particle. The development work will include the beta detection method and module, signal processing and the filtration device.

  • RamaCam - In situ holographic imaging and chemical spectroscopy for long term scalable analysis of marine particles in deep-sea environments

    Blair Thornton, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering & Environment, University of Southampton

    Dhugal John Lindsay, Senior Staff Scientist, Research & Development Center for Submarine Resources, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology (JAMSTEC)

    The project will demonstrate, at laboratory scale, a novel method to combine large volume holographic imaging with integrated laser Raman spectroscopy in a compact, low power setup. The technology will demonstrate the key concepts necessary to survey the distribution of a diverse range of marine particles.

  • Alleviating the sample to sequence bottleneck using novel microfluidic lab-on-a-chip nucleic acid extraction technologies

    Julie Robidart, Senior Scientist, Ocean Technology & Engineering, National Oceanography Centre (NOC, Southampton)

    Tatsuhiro Fukuba, Research Scientist, Marine Technology & Engineering Center, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology (JAMSTEC)

    A goal of the project is to develop novel nucleic acid extraction technology to break through the sample to analysis bottleneck using microfluidic technology. The developed technology and devices will contribute to complete in situ gene analysis systems for molecular biological study on marine microbes.

A total of three proposals were submitted in response to the call, which was jointly conducted by NERC and JST. The proposals were peer reviewed by experts and evaluated by a moderating panel. Based on the funding recommendations made by the moderating panel, NERC and JST jointly decided on the three successful projects to select for funding.