Funding calls and third-party funding advice

We can help you find funding for your innovative project

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To view some of the projects we have supported to help reduce the environmental footprint and increase the economic impact of aquaculture, see our projects pages.

SAIC Call 5 2024

On Tuesday 14 May, SAIC launched a new funding call (Call 5) to help meet innovation challenges within Scottish aquaculture.

The call is targeted at projects that aim to improve farmed fish health, welfare and survivability, and the deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

A minimum of £800,000 in funding is available to applicants, with an emphasis on gill health, the mitigation of challenges potentially arising from climate change – such as harmful algal blooms and micro-jellyfish – and emerging issues affecting fish health.

We are particularly keen to receive proposals focussed on potential preventative techniques and technologies for these areas.


  • Application deadline: 19 June 2024
  • Applicants will be informed of funding decisions by mid-August 2024.
  • Collaboration agreements between project partners must be finalised by 16 September 2024.
  • Projects must start by 16 September 2024 and complete by 30 November 2025.
  • Final project completion reports to be finalised and returned by 23 January 2026.




To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • Have at least one industry partner, with a registered office in Scotland
  • Involve at least one Scottish Higher Education Institution (HEI)
  • Be co-funded by the commercial partners (combination of cash/in-kind) to a minimum ratio of 1:1.15
  • Have a TRL between 4 and 7
  • Seek to address one or several challenges within finfish health, welfare and survivability, in the face of a changing climate and other emerging challenges.

* Please note, SAIC can only provide direct funding to Scottish HIEs.


You must submit three documents as part of your application:

  1. Application form
  2. Finance spreadsheet
  3. Risk register


*Please also contact us ( for the Finance and Risk Register templates to go with your application form.

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Your application will be assessed by the SAIC Independent Scientific Panel and the SAIC team, after which a decision will be made. Projects will be judged on scientific excellence, industry need, and forecast economic impact.

If your application is unsuccessful for any reason, we will give you feedback. SAIC treats all applications and related discussions in the strictest commercial confidence. Anyone reviewing these on our behalf will have signed a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement.

If you wish to discuss the eligibility of your project, please get in touch with the SAIC team: