The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is an Executive Agency of Defra. Cefas are administering the Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) on behalf of Defra. This is call two (SIF2) of a total of three calls throughout the 3-year programme (ending March 2022).
The programme aims to foster, encourage and financially support innovative technologies and approaches to support more sustainable and productive fisheries and seafood production. Through stimulating the development of new transformative innovation, it will contribute to both the government’s ambition for UK world-class sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and, more broadly, contribute to economic growth by improving the productivity of the sector and helping create new markets and products from innovative and sustainable fisheries both in the UK and overseas.
This funding programme is focussed on the development of tangible, meaningful and long-lasting benefits to overcome the many challenges facing the seafood industries.
This SBRI call opens on Friday 7th February and closes on Monday 20th April September (12:00 noon). 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. Follow on R&D funding is not guaranteed.