Bioeconomy opportunities for fish waste and by-products

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by Benedikte Ranum

Director of Comms & Knowledge Exchange

Funding opportunity: Projects that will add value to the by-products from fish and shellfish processing and from mortalities in Scotland.

From the ZWS website:

Zero Waste Scotland is working in partnership with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to maximise exposure and encourage collaboration between business & academia to deliver high value solutions for Scotland’s waste and by-products.  

Zero Waste Scotland is supporting transformative projects that will enable Scotland’s circular economy and support the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy - Making Things Last. IBioIC is delivering Scotland’s National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology ensuring that the bioeconomy plays a leading role in delivering net-zero emissions by 2045.

Funding is available for projects that offer a high-value solution for fish and shellfish waste and by-products arising from processing and mortalities.  

Funding of up to £1 million pounds is available for successful projects. Zero Waste Scotland is looking to support innovative projects that can deliver carbon savings, leverage investment and deliver jobs to transform the way we view and use our resources.   

We invite proposals from:

  • Projects led by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that will provide solutions for fish mortality and fish processing by-product materials in Scotland;
  • Projects led by SMEs and supported by Scotland’s academic talent; or to SMEs alone to progress innovative projects themselves.

How to apply:

Download the Outline Project Proposal (OPP) application form here.

OPPs should be submitted by 24th April 2020. OPP’s will be assessed and successful projects will then be invited to submit a stage 2 application. We expect to inform successful OPP applicants w/c 4th May. 

Further information:

For general enquiries on the funding opportunity and process, please  contact Tony Edwards at Zero Waste Scotland, tel: 01786 433940

For support with your application writing, please contact Andrew Bonnar at IBioIC on email or tel: 0141 548 5830

This fund comprises support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

The £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund, administered by Zero Waste Scotland, offers investment for SMEs based in Scotland and supports work that will deliver circular economy growth. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

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