Seafood Innovation Fund
The £10 million UK Seafood Innovation Fund will support the UK’s fishing, aquaculture and seafood industries to deliver cutting-edge technology and innovation. By supporting ambitious projects with a long-term view, the fund aims to kick-start a step-change in the productivity and sustainability of UK seafood into the future.
Running for three years, this programme administered by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), will share regular calls for applications, offering interested collaborators the chance to bid for up to £50,000 for feasibility studies, or up to £250,000 for full R&D projects.
The programme will support projects that aim to deliver longer-term, cutting-edge innovation across the seafood sector and supply chain. It will also support projects that will take innovative ideas from early-stage research to commercial viability.
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Who can apply?
The UK Seafood Innovation Fund will run open competitions, and welcomes applications from both inside and outside of the seafood sector. Your idea, technology or product must benefit the sustainability and/or productivity of the UK seafood industry.
The fund is open to all organisations within the EU who have an innovative idea meeting the objectives of the fund. EU organisations can apply as a project lead, or can be part of an application as a subcontractor. Collaborative projects including both seafood sector experts and technology businesses are encouraged.
All applications must be submitted via the Delta procurement portal.
Feasibility studies are projects funded for up to three months, to develop an idea for a new technology or process, and to undertake initial testing to assess whether progressing further is beneficial. They can be funded up to the value of £50,000.
Full research and development (R&D) projects are up to 18-month-long projects that further develop a technology or process that is already through the initial feasibility stage. They can be funded up to the value of £250,000.
If you successfully receive funding for a feasibility study, and have demonstrated a successful outcome upon project completion, you will be given the opportunity to progress to a full R&D project. You do not have to reapply through the formal call route.
The fund is open to all organisations within the EU who have an innovative idea meeting the objectives of the fund. The idea must benefit the sustainability and productivity of the seafood industry in the UK. EU organisations can apply as a project lead, or can be part of an application as a subcontractor. Collaborative projects including both seafood sector experts and technology businesses are encouraged.
The fund is for research and development projects that meet the fund objectives, with all justifiable costs eligible. This includes capital purchases and overheads where essential to deliver the innovation project. There are no quotas per UK region nor sector area – funding will be awarded to the most innovative ideas.
Therefore, to be considered for funding your application must:
- Provide an innovative idea or solution relevant to the seafood sector.
- Demonstrate long-term sustainability, productivity and environmental benefits.
- Be from an organisation of any size within the EU, with an innovative idea to benefit the UK seafood industry.
- Follow the full submission process correctly.
Ideas or technologies that are currently used in other sectors but could be applied to the seafood sector may be eligible for funding. See ‘What is disruptive innovation & technology’ for more information.
Onshore supply chains.
Marine fisheries, including for species that move between freshwater and marine environments.
Marine and land-based aquaculture.
Priority research areas for the fund are:
Innovative technologies for sustainable seafood production.
Increasing seafood productivity.
Increasing seafood sustainability.
Reducing commercial risk.
Strengthening the evidence base for sustainable fisheries management.
Projects that foster new collaborations are particularly encouraged.