GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Fund
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GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR (GS-STAR) is a four year, multidisciplinary programme with a vision to grow the research and innovation capacity of DAC-list countries engaged in seaweed farming. This programme is supported by UK Research and Innovation – Global Challenge Research Fund and directly addresses key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are already in partnership with institutions in the UK, Philippines, Malaysia and Tanzania, but we want to work with as many other institutions and seaweed producing DAC-list countries as possible. A key objective of the £900k GCRF GS-STAR Fund is to promote the sustainable growth of this global industry.

It is envisaged that the GS-STAR Fund will enable rapid reactivity to emerging crises in the seaweed industry and foster further international cooperation between researchers and practitioners in this field.


GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Grants

The GS-STAR Travel Grants will provide funding of up to a maximum of £2k each (approx. USD 2500; Sept 2019) to applicants from the UK and DAC-list countries. These grants will provide funding for travel and subsistence for the following activities:

Attendance at national and international seaweed-related scientific conferences;

Attendance at GCRF GS-STAR Sharing Best Practice events and special sessions/ mini-symposia at international conferences;

Any other capacity-building activities that would be broadly aimed at increasing the sustainability of seaweed cultivation in DAC-listed countries, especially along the priority areas identified in the UNU-INWEH/ SAMS Policy Brief.

Training events and staff exchange between DAC-list developing countries and the UK.

Researchers or practitioners should be based either in DAC List countries or in the UK travelling to DAC List countries for the development of seaweed-related research and innovation collaborations;

Given a chance by GSS program, I have spent two weeks at School of Biological Science, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand. Under supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joe Zuccarello, I have learned about how to isolate a pathogen from seaweed, and he also showed me some seaweed collection site around Wellington.

Dr. Narongrit Muangmai, Lecturer, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

Professionals (either academics or practitioners) or registered postgraduate students based in the UK or DAC List countries.


Actively involved in, or planning to enter, a seaweed-related professional activity which is related to the objectives of the GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Programme and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

If you do not meet these conditions, but think you may be eligible, it is advised that you contact the Fund Manager at

Please note: Applicants can be of any nationality, provided they work either in the UK, or in a DAC-listed country. Anyone with outstanding reports for GS-STAR Grant Schemes is not eligible to apply.


The GS-STAR travel grant has enabled my participation at the 23rd International Seaweed Symposium (ISS2019). This is undoubtedly a great experience for early career researchers like me to get to know and establish network and potential collaborations with researchers working on various aspects of seaweed and microalgae research. Apart from that, the travel grant has also given me an opportunity to participate in the Kappaphycus genome workshop which gave rise to a number of exciting joint research efforts between several countries.

Dr. Sze-Wan POONG, Research Fellow, University of Malaya
Eligible Costs

Eligible costs for both UK and DAC-list country applicants can include economy travel, accommodation, conference registration fees, visa application fees (if required) and daily subsistence costs based on worldwide subsistence rates as set by the UK Government (effective 1 April 2019) .

Timing of application

There is no deadline for submission to the Travel Fund, applications will be accepted at any time throughout the year. A decision regarding funding can be expected within 6-8 weeks, so please bear this in mind for your start dates when planning your trip, as funding will not be backdated. In addition, the GS-STAR Fund will not allow expenditure incurred before the announcement date of the award to be charged to the grant, so please ensure that you leave enough time for processing before the proposed visit, particularly if you are applying for visa costs.

Assessment Process

Applications to the GS-STAR Travel Grants will be firstly checked to ensure they have been completed in accordance with the eligibility criteria. Unfortunately, incomplete applications will not be considered. All eligible applications will then be assessed by at least two reviewers in accordance with the following criteria:

Criterion Maximum Score
Quality 5
Fit to UNU-INWEH/ SAMS Policy Brief and UN SDGs 5
Value for money 5
Pathways to Impact 5

Proposals that score zero in any of the above categories will be rejected. The top-scoring applications will be funded (where funds allow). The integrity and fairness of the reviewing process will be upheld by the programme Executive Board, and its external Advisory Board.

Due to the relatively small sums of money involved, the reviewers are not asked to provide lengthy textural justification or feedback following the ranking. The Fund Manager is therefore not able to provide the type of feedback that may be supplied by much larger funding schemes.

PLEASE NOTE: Without prejudice to excellence, the Programme will seek to achieve a balanced gender and geographical diversity among successful applicants.

Payment and Attendance Report

Upon acceptance, up to 80% of the award will be available to the successful applicant. A comprehensive attendance report template will also be sent out with the funding decision. This report should be completed within six weeks of completion of the travel/ activity. This report will be published on and successful completion of this report will result in final grant payment being issued. Along with this report please attach evidence of your attendance (e.g., PDF of any posters presented, a photograph of yourself at the conference/ workshop etc.). Where appropriate GS-STAR may contact successful applicants for media purposes.

Links to other GS-STAR Grant Schemes

Travel grant recipients will remain fully eligible to apply to for other GS-STAR Grant Schemes. It is expected that all new techniques learned, or collaborations formed through the GS-STAR travel grants will lead to future research proposals to the Programme.

Data Protection

In line with European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), all applicant details will not be shared with any third party and no personal information will be stored beyond the reporting period of the GS-STAR Programme.

How to apply

Download an application form and return to

All applications for the GS-STAR travel grants must submit a:

  • Completed application form
  • Current CV

Any application which does not provide the relevant documentation above will be rejected.

By submitting this application, the applicants agree to comply with all reporting procedures set out in the applicant guidelines.

Any queries about the fund or application process should be sent to;