GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Fund
Open for Applications

Important: Please note that the GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Fund will not be accepting any new applications until further notice, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Updates will be shared on our website and through GlobalSeaweedSTAR social media as they become available.

GlobalSeaweedSTAR is a four year, multidisciplinary programme. Our key objectives are to strengthen the seaweed industry, and develop related research and innovation capacity, in DAC-list countries.

This programme is funded by the UK Research and Innovation – Global Challenge Research Fund and directly addresses key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are in partnership with institutions in the UK, Philippines, Malaysia and Tanzania and want to expand our network to as many other DAC-list countries as possible.


GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Grants

Travel Grants up to a maximum value of £2,000 each are available to applicants who reside either in the UK or a DAC-list country. These grants can be used to support travel and subsistence for activities that support GlobalSeaweedSTAR objectives, including participation in:

  • National and international seaweed-related scientific conferences
  • GlobalSeaweedSTAR Sharing Best Practice events
  • Any other capacity-building activities that would strengthen the seaweed industry in DAC-list countries, with particular reference to priority areas identified in the UNU-INWEH/ SAMS Policy Brief
  • Training events and staff exchange
  • 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 a DAC-list country.


Actively involved in, or planning to enter, a seaweed-related professional activity, related to the key objectives of GlobalSeaweedSTAR (as stated above) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

For further information, please email us at

Please note: Applicants can be of any nationality, provided they are resident either in the UK or a DAC-list country. Anyone with outstanding reports for GlobalSeaweedSTAR 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 can include economy travel, accommodation, conference registration fees, visa application fees (if applicable) and daily subsistence costs based on worldwide subsistence rates as set by the UK Government (effective April 2019).

The Fund will not provide any cash advances. Reimbursement for eligible costs will be made upon receipt of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR claim form, complete with itemised evidence for all expenditure.

In some circumstances, the Fund office may be able to assist awardees with making travel arrangements in advance. Where applicable, a valid visa is required prior to any bookings being made.

Timing of application

There is no deadline for submission to the Travel Fund, applications will be accepted at any time throughout the year.

Applications must be made 8 weeks prior to your departure date. Funding will not be back-dated.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR Fund will not reimburse expenses incurred before successful applicants have received an official award letter from our office.

Assessment Process

Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered. All eligible applications will 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’s Executive Board and external Advisory Board.

Given the relatively small sums of money involved, reviewers are not asked to provide lengthy written justification or feedback. GlobalSeaweedSTAR will therefore not able to provide the detailed feedback that might be supplied by 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

Successful applicants will receive an attendance report template, expense claim form and guidelines for acceptable evidence of expenses, in addition to their official award letter.

The attendance report must be completed and returned, along with the expense claim form and acceptable evidence of all payments, in order to receive reimbursement.

Attendance reports will be published on this website. Any attendance reports or expense claims submitted more than 6 weeks after the date of return travel will not be accepted.

Along with your report, please attach evidence of your attendance (e.g. a poster presented (PDF), a photograph of yourself at the conference/workshop). Where appropriate, GlobalSeaweedSTAR may contact successful applicants for media purposes.

Links to other GS-STAR Grant Schemes

Any travel grant recipients who do not have outstanding attendance reports will be eligible to apply for other GlobalSeaweedSTAR grants.

It is hoped that new techniques learned, or collaborations formed, through the Travel Fund may lead to future proposals to the Research and Innovation Fund.

Data Protection

In line with European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), applicant details will not be shared with any third party. Personal information will not be stored beyond the reporting period of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme.

How to apply

Download an application form and return it completed with a current CV to

Any application which does not provide both documents above will be rejected.

By submitting this application, 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