The vision of ACEP III remains the same as that of ACEP II, i.e. to “Build the capacity to sustain the processes which support life”, and the aim of the ACEP III is to build on the good work that has been done in previous phases and ensure that the vision and objectives are achieved through high quality research.
Similar to the selection process in ACEP II, to ensure open, transparent and competitive funding structure, an open research call was distributed by the NRF in early 2012. This initiative allowed for any researcher or research consortium to submit a bid for research funding through ACEP III. The open call for ACEP III projects was a success and five proposals involving researchers from 20 research institutions were awarded funding.
The following projects were awarded funding:
An assessment of benthic biodiversity of Walter’s Shoal
Bioregions as biodiversity surrogates in marine conservation planning
Bentho pelagic mechanisms of inshore coastal waters
Movement ranges and time scales in marine predators – acute and seasonal environmental drivers.
The Suitcase Project