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Applications open for £10 million seafood fund until April 20 in UK

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 17, 2020
The second round of applications to the UK Seafood Innovation Fund is now open, boosting innovation for the UK seafood sector.
Fiona Lettice
Food in Britain   Professor Fiona Lettice, chair of the UK Seafood Innovation Fund Steering Group
Open until 20 April 2020, the fund is seeking a new tranche of applicants with plans to transform the future landscape for seafood supply including aquaculture.

Topics: Seafood UK

Aquaculture projects funded in 2019 include the development of Inocubot 2; an artificially intelligent robot designed to improve fish welfare and deliver economic efficiencies for fish farms.

A project to create two new, high value products for human consumption hopes to show off seaweed as a nutritious treat, and explore fertile opportunities to expand the UK’s kelp farming industry.

Professor Fiona Lettice, chair of the UK Seafood Innovation Fund Steering Group and pro vice chancellor of research and innovation at the University of East Anglia, said: “We are looking for projects that can genuinely transform or disrupt the seafood industry. These should be innovative ideas that aim to make a significant improvement to the future sustainability, profitability and efficiency of any part of the seafood sector.”

Launching its second open call for applications, Professor Lettice emphasises that SIF is also searching beyond the seafood sector: “We are keen to hear from innovative thinkers in tech, engineering, data science and app development, whose expertise could bring new insights to benefit the future of UK seafood.”

Collaborative consortia, that bring together established and new players for the first time, are also welcomed.