Any company active in the field of aquaculture in Scotland, or in a related industry, is eligible to apply for SAIC funding. This includes companies that are based overseas but have operations in Scotland.
If you have an idea for a project that will offer some tangible economic benefit to Scotland, you may be eligible for SAIC funding. You’ll need to collaborate with at least one academic partner based in Scotland, and you must be willing to contribute funding to the project.
Project proposals should be motivated by problems and opportunities faced by your business. The proposal should also demonstrate clear technical challenges that cannot be met by currently available technology.
If we do fund your proposal, you can benefit not just from funding but also the research expertise and input of Scotland’s world-renowned aquaculture research community. The results could feed into sales growth at home and abroad, improved margins, mitigation of risks, new jobs, and a more sustainable business model.
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.
Our funding process: Rapid Response projects
We also have a Rapid Response process for projects that 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 or less
- Proposal comes from SME(s)
You can download a flowchart showing our Rapid Response application process, along with our application forms here.