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UK Aquaculture Initiative: Networks

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 29 February 2016 – 12 July 2016


BBSRC and NERC invite proposals for Networks in Aquaculture as part of the UK Aquaculture Initiative. Researchers may apply to lead an interdisciplinary network to build community and develop research strategy in the UK aquaculture research base, enabling links to industry and other sector stakeholders. Up to £600k is available for up to two networks. This may be used to fund a full or part-time coordinator, workshops, website and other activities.

Guidance about the application process is described in the call text.


Once established, the Networks will foster collaborative activities between academic researchers and business representatives at all career stages to identify and develop new approaches to tackle major research challenges and help deliver key benefits to the UK aquaculture sector. The Networks will be interdisciplinary, working across the boundaries of biological and environmental science. The participation of other disciplines including engineering, economics, social science, remote sensing and computational modelling is strongly encouraged.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

There are two stages to the Networks call:

  • The Intention to Submit phase will allow BBSRC and NERC to assess applicants’ suitability to lead a network based on their track record of Research Council funding, science, and community leadership (for example on panels and advisory groups)
  • Successful applicants were invited to a workshop at Holiday Inn Glasgow airport on 19 April. Full stage proposals are by invitation only


A workshop to build consortia for Network proposals will be held on 19-20 April 2016. Applicants to the call must attend this workshop. Researchers wishing to attend must send a completed Intention to Submit form to by 22 March 2016, 4pm.

Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for workshop attendees. Invitations to the workshop will be issued no later than 30 March 2016.

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