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BBSRC/NERC Joint Call in Aquaculture: Collaborative Research and Innovation

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 17 November 2017 - 23 January 2018


The UK Aquaculture Initiative is a joint BBSRC and NERC initiative to support high-quality, innovative research and research translation within a growing community of people working together towards a mutual goal of developing a healthy, safe and sustainable UK aquaculture system.


BBSRC and NERC are please to announce a call for applications in aquaculture research. The purpose of this call is to support multidisciplinary research challenges in the aquaculture sector. All aquaculture research in the NERC/BBSRC remit will be eligible for this call, however a full call scope, outlining areas of particular strategic relevance, is published below.

A total of approximately £4.4 million is available for projects addressing key challenges in the aquaculture sector. Two types of funding will be available:

  • Funding for up to 3 large consortia grants, bringing together expertise from multiple disciplines to address challenges which cross the BBSRC/NERC remit.These grants will be funded for up to 3 years at a maximum of £1.2 million.
  • Funding for 7-10 smaller innovation grants addressing needs of the aquaculture industry. These grants will be funded for 12-24 months at a maximum of £200,000.

In both cases involvement of a non-academic project partner is mandatory. New Investigators are particularly encouraged to apply for translation awards.

Applications to this call should be truly multidisciplinary, with integrated input from all co-investigators and project partners. As such BBSRC/NERC encourage all applicants to engage with project partners and potential end users from the very early planning stages of the project.

Launch workshop

In order to share information on the call and enable networking and consortia building BBSRC/NERC will hold a call launch workshop on 6 December 2017 at Fishmongers Hall in London. For more information see: BBSRC/NERC Joint Call in Aquaculture: Collaborative Research and Innovation Call Launch Workshop.

Registration for the workshop will be available on this site from 3 November 2017 and will close on 29 November 2017. All attendees will be expected to submit a short summary of their research interests and expertise in order to facilitate networking at, and after, the event. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, however BBSRC/NERC reserve the right to manage the balance of attendees.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

This call for proposals is now open on the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.. The call is open from 17 November 2017 until 23 January 2018 and successful proposals will be announced in the summer of 2018 to start spend by October 2018. Applicants should read the full call text before preparing their application and should use the template case for support documents provided. A document answering frequently asked questions is also included. If you have any further queries about this initiative please contact us (see below).

5 December 2017 update:
The call text for BBSRC/NERC Joint Call in Aquaculture: Collaborative Research and Innovation has been updated to include funding of £120,000 from the Agri-Food Bioscience Institute to support the participation of their researchers as co-investigators in proposals led by an academic principal investigator (these proposals should be developed jointly between AFBI and academic colleagues as appropriate prior to submission).

The FAQs have been updated to include details on Cefas and AFBI contributions. Please note that the contribution from Cefas or AFBI to a project can be included in the 10% project partner contributions. All applicants to this call who plan to include Cefas or AFBI researchers in their proposals must discuss their projects with Cefas or AFBI prior to submission. The deadline for internal expressions of interest to Cefas is 15 December 2017.

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