Learn About FlowCam Grant Programs for Aquatic Research and Education

The FlowCam Aquatic Research Grant
for Graduate Students and Undergraduate Faculty 

Keara Stanislawczyk FlowCam Student Grant Program
Pictured above: 2015 grant winner, Keara Stanislawczyk, collecting plankton
  • 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. 

Winners will also receive funding to present at a major scientific conference in North America within twelve months of project completion. Eligible expenses include conference registration, travel, food, and lodging.

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

What you can expect with a FlowCam Grant:

  •  Use of FlowCam and VisualSpreadsheet software

  • Ability to run live or preserved samples

  • Contactless shipping and training (online, at your own pace) 
  •  Funding to attend a virtual or in-person conference to present your work
  • Example libraries and list of resources to help identify  organisms
  • Speed and ease of use with state-of-the-art flow imaging technology (~1 mL in 6 minutes at 10X)

The FlowCam grant program is an in-kind grant with no cash value besides that which will be provided to the grant recipients to register for and attend the conference, either via direct payment to the conference organizers or via reimbursement. Applicants from international institutions are not being accepted at this time. FlowCam instruments may not be taken to sea during the grant period. We reserve the right not to select any proposals if none adequately meet the selection criteria. Recipient must reference FlowCam in titles of presentations & publications and acknowledge Yokogawa Fluid Imaging in social media and other outlets. Any and all FlowCam data may be shared with Yokogawa Fluid Imaging for development purposes.


Graduate Program

Masters or Ph.D. Students
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2022

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Faculty
Application Deadline:  June 15, 2022


Watch this video to learn how FlowCam works:

HubSpot Video



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

Nick Ray, Fulweiler Lab, Boston University, 2016 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!" 

Keara Stanislawczyk, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, 2015 Grant Winner

"I am very appreciative that Fluid Imaging Technologies has chosen me to receive this award. Use of the FlowCam is essential to completing my master's degree, and this award will allow me to use the instrument at my University. I hope to understand that FlowCam's ability to find rare species, specifically rare non-native or invasive species, so that preventative action can be taken in order to protect our natural environments."

Karen Kayfetz, San Francisco State University, 2011 FlowCam Grant Winner

"The summer I got the award I was about to start the second year of my masters program and had designed an exciting but complicated experiment to measure the phytoplankton prey of an herbivorous copepod. The problem with my experiment was that I needed to rapidly enumerate and identify phytoplankton in up to 48 individual bottles, and I only had a couple of hours to find out what was in the bottles before the rapid growth rates of the phytoplankton would throw off my results. The FlowCam saved me and made this quick work possible! Days or months later I could use the software to verify the automatic sorting, categorize the harder-to-identify particles, and use the data on abundance and size to publish my results!"


Congratulations to our 2020 and 2021 Grant Winners!
Click through to learn more about each winner's research.

2020 Graduate Winner:
Savannah Mapes, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Maine Maritime Academy FlowCam Grant
2020 Undergrad Winner:

Corning School of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy

Zabdiel Roldan Ayala Kayak

2021 Graduate Winner:
Zabdiel Roldan Ayala, Queens College School of Earth and Environmental Studies

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2021 Undergrad Winner:
Roger Williams University, Department of Biology