The FlowCam Aquatic Research Grant

for Graduate Students and Undergraduate Faculty 

  • Are you a graduate student studying marine, freshwater, or estuarine ecosystems with a focus on microorganisms or other particles?  
  • Are you a faculty member who would like to introduce your students to modern methods of data collection?
  • Wouldn't you love a method to streamline your research and speed up the tedious process of manual microscopy?


At a Glance

Enter to win the use of a FlowCam instrument for up to 4 months, including remote training, technical support, and temporary software licenses. 

Collaborate with us to design and share lesson plans and methodologies for the broader FlowCam community. Optionally, the recipient may also receive funding to present at a major scientific conference in the continental US within twelve months of project completion.

Only students and faculty based in the United States are eligible to apply.

Graduate Program Details    Undergraduate Program Details


What you can expect with a FlowCam Grant:

2015 FlowCam grant winner, Keara Stanislawczyk, collecting plankton
2015 grant winner, Keara Stanislawczyk, collecting plankton
  • Speed and ease of use with state-of-the-art flow imaging technology (~1 mL in 6 minutes at 10X)
  • Ability to run live or preserved samples
  • Use of FlowCam and VisualSpreadsheet software
  • Shipping, training, and ongoing remote support are all included  
  • Funding to attend a conference to present your work
  • Example libraries and list of resources to help identify organisms

Watch this video to learn how FlowCam works:

What past winners have to say about the FlowCam Grant Program:

"FlowCam helped immensely with our time efficiency, reliability, and validity of counting larvae. Before FlowCam, we had to count oyster and crab larvae under a microscope, which is tedious and difficult. It was easy to lose track of what's already been counted, and discrepancies woulod occur. With FlowCam, we didn't worry about double-counting."

Kelsey Meyer, University of New Hampshire, 2022 FlowCam Graduate Grant Winner

"The FlowCam 5000 was easily incorporated into our course, allowing us to use high-throughput image analysis to characterize natural marine phytoplankton populations and involve students in the process of authentic data collection and analysis."

Kerry Whittaker, Maine Maritime Academy, 2020 FlowCam Undergraduate Grant Winner

"Being able to use a FlowCam for a whole summer allowed me to generate a lot of data that contributed to my dissertation work, and helped an undergraduate student complete a Senior Thesis at Boston University. As part of the grant, Fluid Imaging also funded my attendance at the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation conference in 2017, where I got to share this work and meet other scientists in my field. The FlowCam was easy to use, and everyone I interacted with at Fluid Imaging was incredibly friendly and helpful!" 

Nick Ray, Fulweiler Lab, Boston University, 2016 Grant Winner


Congratulations to our Previous Grant Recipients!

Click through to learn more about each winner's research.
Kelsey Meyer standing in boat holding green crab

Kelsey Meyer

University of New Hampshire

2022 Graduate Winner

2021 FlowCam student grant recipient, Zabdiel Roldan Ayala in a kayak

Zabdiel Roldan Ayala

Queens College School of Earth and Environmental Studies

2021 Graduate Winner

Savannah Mapes using microscope on boat

Savannah Mapes

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

2020 Graduate Winner

FlowCam student grant recipients at Maine Maritime Academy in classroom

Corning School of Ocean Studies

Maine Maritime Academy

2020 Undergraduate Winner

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