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

Deadline: 23 January 2018

BBSRC and NERC are pleased to announce a call for applications in aquaculture research. The purpose of this call is to support multidisciplinary research challenges in the aquaculture sector.

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.


  • To support high-quality, innovative, strategic research within UK higher education institutions and research centres
  • To build UK academic capability in aquaculture research and underpinning capacity to meet the long term needs of industry
  • To encourage cross-disciplinary working and draw in new researchers to the aquaculture sector
  • To support the translation of existing research data and knowledge into new tools, technologies and solutions
  • To ensure the exchange of knowledge between the academic science base and industry through the support of effective networking between academic groups and businesses
  • To build a community of people working together towards a mutual goal of developing a healthy, safe and sustainable UK aquaculture system

Priority Areas

  • Aquaculture & natural capital
  • Interrelationships between farmed species (incl. algae) and wild organisms
  • Aquaculture & climate change
  • Health and disease in finfish and shellfish
  • Nutrition, feed and interactions with the natural environment
  • Food safety

Funding Information

Total funding of up to £4.4M is available from BBSRC and NERC for this call to support a portfolio of projects funded at 80% of Full Economic Costing (FEC).

Eligibility Criteria

  • All UK Higher Education Institutions that receive grant funding from one of the UK higher education funding bodies are eligible to receive funds for research, postgraduate training and associated activities.
  • Research institutes for which the Research Councils have established a long-term involvement as major funder are also eligible to receive research funding, from any Council.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: UK

For more information, please visit BBSRC/NERC.

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