ACEP Open Call Projects

Internationally, research managers recognise that competitive access to funding and infrastructure drives innovative, cutting edge and cost effective research. ACEP manages a competitive Open Call through the NRF and usually awards funding to between five and seven projects on a three year cycle. Researchers submit project proposals which are evaluated by their peers both locally and internationally and the best projects are selected.
The research areas called for are guided by the requirements of national and international research strategies to ensure responsible research initiatives that benefit society. In South Africa, examples of such strategic initiatives are the DST’s Marine & Antarctic Research Strategy (MARS) 2014 and Operation Phakisa Oceans.

Over the past 16 years ACEP has conducted 13 research cruises, 17 research programmes, trained 232 students and published 160 peer reviewed papers


Projects are as follows:


Fisheries induced evolution on fish physiology
Deep Forests
CAPTOR - Connectivity And disPersal beTween prOtected aReas
Canyon Connections: The ecological role of submarine canyons on the east coast of South Africa


Influence of the Agulhas Current oceanography on the biodiversity of the Transkei Shelf
Benthic Biodiversity from the Agulhas Bioregion as a source of new pharmaceuticals
Interdisciplinary spatial solutions for marine conservation planning
“Imida” – Frontiers
Pathways of larval dispersal: the roles of alongshore and cross shore transport
Deep Secrets: the outer shelf and slope ecosystems of the Eastern Cape


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


Phylogeography and ecological genetics of marine fish of the South West Indian Ocean
Integrated biodiversity and process study of African coelacanths and their ecosystems
The circulation of the South-West Indian Ocean
Developing marine scientific consciousness and community of practice in the South African community
The geological evolution & sedimentary dynamics of the northern KZN continental shelf and its canyon
Ecosystem processes in the KZN Bight: linking geological, biological and physical processes to understand ecosystem functioning.