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UK Seafood Innovation Fund

24 July 2019


Research and development funding from the UK Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) scheme

The UK government’s Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) is a £10 million research and development (R&D) fund that launched in July 2019.

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.

Eligibility
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

Funding opportunities
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.

How to apply
All applications must be submitted via the Delta procurement portal.

You will need to register as either yourself or your organisation. After registering you can download all relevant documents and guidance to support your application.

Please make sure you read all the documents carefully as they provide essential guidance for your application. Your application will not proceed to the next stage if it is:

  • not completed correctly
  • missing required documentation as stated in the guidance