UK Seafood Innovation Fund
About the Seafood Innovation Fund
The 3-year programme focuses on:
- delivering longer term, cutting-edge innovation across the seafood sector
- helping to take innovative ideas from early stage research to commercial viability
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is administering the SIF programme on behalf of the UK government.
The programme includes:
- primary producers
- onshore supply chains
- marine and diadromous fisheries
- marine and land-based aquaculture
The programme excludes:
- freshwater fishing
- recreational fishing
Who can apply
This is an open competition. Cefas welcomes applications from all sectors. Your products must benefit the sustainability and productivity of the seafood industry. Applications for collaborative projects that include both seafood sector organisations and technology businesses are encouraged.
The programme supports the research and development of new innovative ideas. It does not provide backing for existing commercial technology.
To be considered for funding you must:
- provide an innovative idea or solution relevant to the seafood sector
- demonstrate long-term sustainability and environmental benefits
- be from an organisation of any size within the EU
- follow the full submission process correctly
The first call for applications for feasibility studies and larger R&D projects opened in July 2019 and will close in early September 2019. The second call will open in early 2020. Cefas will run several SBRI calls throughout the 3-year programme (ending March 2022).
How to apply
All applications must be submitted via the Delta procurement portal.
There are two options for applicants: either smaller feasibility studies, or larger full R&D projects. Feasibility studies are designed to test new ideas (proof of concept) and can be up to a maximum £50k/3 months in duration.
Full R&D projects are for more developed ideas that can be delivered in up to a maximum of £250k/18 months. Feasibility studies will be expected to apply for full R&D funding if a successful outcome is delivered at the end of the feasibility stage.