UK Seafood Fund: Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships scheme

Find out how to apply for funding available through the Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) scheme.

This guide is for people interested in applying for the Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) scheme. Eligible applicants are:

  • sole traders who own or operate a UK fishing boat
  • organisations engaged in commercial or recreational sea fishing, aquaculture or processing in the UK
  • research organisations

The FISP scheme is part of the UK Seafood Fund.

About the UK Seafood Fund

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will manage the £100 million UK Seafood Fund to invest in the long term sustainability of the UK fisheries and seafood sector. The funding ends on 5 April 2024.

The fund’s objectives are to:

  • rejuvenate the fisheries and seafood sector
  • take advantage of the UK’s additional fishing quota
  • bring economic growth to coastal communities

The UK Seafood Fund is divided between:

  • science and innovation
  • infrastructure
  • skills and training

Defra will publish details of funding for infrastructure and skills and training when they are available.

About the FISP scheme

The FISP scheme will improve and share knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture by funding data collection and research to support sustainable fisheries management. This will be done through collaboration between the fishing and seafood industry and research organisations.

The FISP scheme and the existing Seafood Innovation Fund share the £24 million of funding allocated to the science and innovation part of the UK Seafood Fund.

To get funding, you must either bid competitively for a contract or apply for a grant.

Contracts of up to £300,000 are available to carry out a full research project.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to develop research proposals.

Apply for FISP funding

Applications for the FISP scheme must include a partnership between the UK seafood sector and a research organisation.

You can bid for a contract or apply for a grant until midday on Monday 22 November 2021.

Bid for a full project contract on the FISP full project application page on BRAVO.

Apply for a grant to develop a research proposal on the FISP research proposal development application page on BRAVO.

You’ll need to register on BRAVO using your organisation details. Once you have registered, you can download documents and guidance to help you with your application, including eligibility criteria.

Your application will only move on to be formally assessed if it:

  • is completed correctly
  • includes all necessary documents

Register on BRAVO

  1. Go to the BRAVO website.
  2. Select ‘Register now’.
  3. Accept the terms and conditions and select ‘Continue’.
  4. Enter your organisation and user details.
  5. Make a note of the username you chose and select ‘Save’.

You’ll get an email with your unique password.

If you need help, email or telephone 0800 069 8630.

The outcome of your application

You’ll get an email with a link to BRAVO to find out if your application has been successful.

If your application is unsuccessful, you’ll get feedback to help you apply for future rounds of FISP funding. The next round is planned for spring 2022.

If your bid for a full project contract is rejected, you’ll have 10 days from the date you’re notified to appeal this decision. You can make an appeal through BRAVO. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you cannot appeal again.

If your application for grant funding to develop research proposals is unsuccessful, you cannot appeal.

Published 11 September 2021
Last updated 21 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to show the fund is open for bids and applications. Links to BRAVO are now live for users to either bid for a contract or apply for a grant.

  2. Added joining instructions for MS Teams pre-engagement event on 23 September

  3. First published.