The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council, with contributions from the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences and Food Standards Scotland, invite proposals for their innovation grants under the UK aquaculture initiative. These support translation of research that addresses the strategic priorities of BBSRC and NERC, is in line with the research needs of the UK aquaculture industry, and create sustainable, tangible economic or societal benefits, with the aim to develop a healthy, safe and sustainable UK aquaculture system. All farmed aquaculture species are in scope, but applications should focus on existing and new or emerging species important to the UK, including species either farmed in the UK, or that have substantial importance to UK imports. Interdisciplinary approaches within the both councils’ remits are particularly welcome. Applications may focus on one or several of the following priority themes:
- aquaculture and natural capital;
- interrelationships between farmed species and wild organism;
- aquaculture and climate change;
- health and disease in finfish and shellfish;
- nutrition, feed and interactions with the natural environment;
- food safety.