This is an open competition.
The UK Seafood Innovation Fund welcomes applications from all organisations, as long as your idea, product or technology will benefit the sustainability and/or productivity of the UK seafood industry.
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 note all applications must be submitted using the new second call documents (with reference SIF2 in the footer). These new documents are available on the Delta procurement portal when you register to apply.
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:
If you would like feedback in advance of submitting your full application, please consider submitting an Expression of Interest Form (EOI) via the Delta procurement portal.
If you have any issues with submitting an application online, please contact us.
The UK Seafood Innovation Fund is running a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) open competition procurement scheme. The SBRI programme (part of Innovate UK) aims to solve big challenges facing society by connecting innovative businesses and government organisations. The funding scheme is open to all organisations, and is structured to support businesses of any size. Through open competition, the scheme aims to encourage the highest level of innovation by applicants.
You can apply for up to £50,000 for a feasibility study. These are projects funded for up to three months, to develop an idea for a new technology or process, and to undertake the initial testing to assess whether progressing further is beneficial.
You can apply for up to £250,000 for a full research and development (R&D) project. These projects can be up to 18 months long, and should aim to further develop a technology or process that is already through the initial feasibility stage.
The total funding pool for the UK Seafood Innovation Fund is £10 million across the 3-year programme.
The call for applications is open from Friday 7 February 2020, and will close on Monday 20 April 2020.
If you would like feedback on your idea in advance of submitting a full application, you can complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. This will be reviewed by our programme management team and a response will be provided within 10 working days. Please note that a positive response to your EOI does NOT mean that your project will be awarded funding.
You will need to register on the Delta procurement portal to access the EOI form, where you can find further information on the process. EOI forms must be submitted via the message centre on the Delta portal and will only be accepted up to the deadline of COP Tuesday 31st March.
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 programme supports the research and development of new, innovative ideas and technologies that will benefit the future of the UK seafood sector.
The fund is open to all organisations within the EU and UK 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.
EU organisations can apply as a project lead, or can be part of an application as a subcontractor.
While the lead applicant must be from the UK or EU, organisations from outside the EU can be subcontracted to complete part of the project, if required to deliver the aims of the project.
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:
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’ on our About page for more information.
Projects are eligible (✔) or ineligible (❌) for funding from the UK Seafood Innovation Fund if they are related to the following topics:
We will be holding two briefing / webinar events to answer your questions about the second call for funding.
The events will be held online on:
To register for either event please go to our eventbrite page.
On the morning of the events, we will issue a Skype meeting invite to everyone that has registered. Please note that your email address will be visible to other people on the call.
To view the slides and submit an anonymous message on the day, you can log on to Slido using the following event codes:
Please note that both events will be the same so there is no need to register for both.
If you have an innovative idea, and you think that you meet all the eligibility criteria, you should apply to the next call for the UK Seafood Innovation Fund!
All innovative ideas are welcome, but priority research areas for the fund are:
Projects that foster new collaborations are particularly encouraged.
All applications received via the Delta procurement portal during the open call for funding are assessed in the same way. Cefas have a dedicated fund management team that are separate from our science and business development teams. All applications are strictly confidential and are only seen by specific named persons who are working on administering the programme.
After applications close, the following assessment process applies:
Applications are each assessed by three different assessors. Assessors are independent experts from the seafood, technology or engineering sector.
All of these assessments are presented to the UK Seafood Innovation Fund Steering Group, who review them and agree the list of proposals to be recommended for award.
The UK Seafood Innovation Fund Executive Board reviews the recommendations and makes the final decision about which projects are awarded funding.
You cannot use the forms downloaded from the first call for funding.
All applications must be submitted using the new second call documents (with reference SIF2 in the footer). Applications submitted using previous versions of documents from the first call will not be accepted.
These new documents are available to download from the Delta procurement portal when you register to apply.
Ownership of and rights to intellectual property are covered by clauses in the contract.
Typically intellectual property rights are retained by the applicant although certain rights of usage may be applied by the funding authority including royalty-free, non-exclusive licence rights and the right to require licenses to third parties, at a fair market price.
If you require further clarification, please seek your own legal advice. Please register on the Delta procurement portal to access the contract.
We are always looking for qualified people to help assess applications for the UK Seafood Innovation Fund.
To be an assessor you need to adhere to these conditions:
Please read this article if you would like further information about being an assessor for the fund.
If you meet these criteria and would like to be an assessor for the fund, please contact us for further information.
Go to the Delta Procurement Portal to submit your application.