Special call for proposals – Farmed Fish Health


by Robin Shields

Senior Aquaculture Innovation Manager

SAIC has held a rapid call for ambitious, collaborative proposals aligned clearly with Scotland’s Farmed Fish Health Framework. The call is now closed.

The call was highly subscribed, with excellent-quality project ideas, and shortlisted EoIs are now in the full application stage.

In this call, proposals were encouraged for innovation projects that will deliver broad benefit to the Scottish industry, by:

  • Developing new knowledge on underlying causes of farmed fish mortality (salmon, trout, cleanerfish) and associated practical tools;
  • Advancing hydrodynamic and other modelling types to manage sea lice infection pressure, complementary to other environmental models used to support optimal site identification and disease management areas;
  • New or improved treatments against pathogens or parasites, which offer environmental benefits.

Partnerships must involve more than one company, ideally bringing together supply chain and producers. Proposals involving multi-annual work plans will be within scope. The standard SAIC model will apply, i.e. industry-led consortia, with Scottish HEIs being eligible to claim 80% of Full Economic Costs, matched by industry. Research institutions are eligible to participate as sub-contractors. For suitably impactful proposals, a grant rate of up to 66% will be allowable, with total project costs expected to be in the range £150,000 to £500,000.

Please note that other funding applications aligned with SAIC Priority Innovation Areas 1-4 may still be submitted during and outwith this special call, through the usual means. 

Expression of Interest submission deadline was 28 March 2019. For shortlisted EoIs, the deadline for submitting full project proposals (including budget details) will be 29 April 2019 at 17:00. It is expected that successful applicants will be notified mid-May 2019, after which fully signed contracts must be submitted by end of June 2019.

More information: 
To discuss, please contact the SAIC projects team on 01786 278318 or projects@scottishaquaculture.com


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