Everything you need to know about our funding criteria and application processes

The first point to note is that SAIC only funds projects that are collaborative in nature and led by an industry partner (or partners) willing to contribute resource to the project. Projects must also include at least one academic partner based at a Scottish research institute.

Secondly, projects are expected to sit squarely within the four areas of strategic focus identified by SAIC:

  • Fish and shellfish health and welfare
  • Breeding and stock improvement
  • Feeding, quality and nutrition
  • Engineering solutions.

In addition, the project idea must be innovative or lead to innovative solutions for Scottish aquaculture.

Thirdly, there is a minimum project size of around £60,000-£80,000 (for smaller projects, we may be able to steer you towards other relevant organisations).

Our funding application process

Our funding process: EOIs and Standard projects

The usual process for applying for SAIC project funding is to attend a workshop on one of our Priority Innovation Areas and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

You can download our Expression of Interest and application forms here along with a flowchart showing our Standard project process.

Our funding application process for SMEs

As an SME, you may be eligible for our Rapid Response application process. To qualify, your proposed project must meet one or more of these criteria

  • Total project cost below £100,000
  • SAIC is asked for funding input of less than 50%
  • Duration of 12 months of less
  • Proposal comes from SME(s)

You can download a flowchart showing our Rapid Response application process, along with our application forms here.

Our funding process: EOIs and Standard projects

The Standard process for applying for SAIC project funding is to attend a workshop on one of our Priority Innovation Areas. You can network with researchers and other businesses and start to develop applied research ideas. After a PIA workshop, we issue a call for Expressions of Interest, some of which are then invited to proceed to a full application.

You can download our Expression of Interest and application forms here, along with a flowchart showing our Standard project process.

Our funding process: Exemplar projects

If your proposed project involves large-scale investment from industry, leading-edge research, well defined commercial outputs and open access IP, it may qualify as an accelerated Exemplar project.

You can download a flowchart showing our Exemplar application process here, along with our application forms.

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