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

Call status: Closed
Call opens: 17 November 2017
Call launch workshop: 6 December 2017
Application deadline: 23 January 2018, 16:00


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.


BBSRC and NERC will shortly announce a call for applications in aquaculture research. The purpose of this call will be to support multidisciplinary research challenges in the aquaculture sector. All aquaculture research in the NERC/BBSRC remit will be eligible for this call, however a full call scope, outlining areas of particular strategic relevance, will be published on this site prior to the call opening.

A total of approximately £4.4 million is available for projects addressing key challenges in the aquaculture sector. Two types of funding will be available:

  • Funding for large consortia grants, bringing together expertise from multiple disciplines to address challenges which cross the BBSRC/NERC remit
  • Funding for smaller translation grants addressing needs of the aquaculture industry

In both cases involvement of a non-academic project partner will be mandatory. New Investigators are particularly encouraged to apply for translation awards and may be given an uplift in the final ranking of proposals for funding.

Applications to this call should be truly multidisciplinary, with integrated input from all co-investigators and project partners. As such BBSRC/NERC encourage all applicants to engage with project partners and potential end users from the very early planning stages of the project.

Launch workshop

In order to share information on the call and enable networking and consortia building BBSRC/NERC will hold a call launch workshop on 6 December 2017 at Fishmongers Hall in London. For more information see: BBSRC/NERC Joint Call in Aquaculture: Collaborative Research and Innovation Call Launch Workshop.

Registration for the workshop will be available on this site from 3 November 2017 and will close on 29 November 2017. All attendees will be expected to submit a short summary of their research interests and expertise in order to facilitate networking at, and after, the event. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, however BBSRC/NERC reserve the right to manage the balance of attendees.

How to apply

BBSRC intends to open the call for proposals on the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system on 17 November 2017. The application deadline will be 23 January 2018 and successful proposals will be announced in the summer of 2018 to start spend by October 2018. In the meantime if you have any queries about this initiative please contact us (see below).


Rosie Peacock
01793 442197