We channel our resources into the areas that will benefit the Scottish aquaculture sector the most. The research we fund is geared towards meeting genuine needs and solving industry challenges.

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Priority innovation areas

Our work is focused on catalysing and co-funding innovation in the areas identified by the sector as being top priorities. We call them our priority innovation areas – or PIAs for short.

Over the years, the industry’s priorities for innovation have evolved. Therefore, so too have our PIAs. This helps ensure that we continue to deliver maximum benefit from the combined investment being made. SAIC's three PIAs are 1: Finfish health & welfare, 2: Unlocking sector capacity, and 3: Shellfish and other non-finfish species.

Project facts


To date, SAIC has invested around £9.37m into collaborative research.



SAIC-funded research spans 86 different project partners.



So far, SAIC has helped fund 65 collaborative research projects.

Industry-academic collaborations

Some projects are small-scale ‘Rapid Response’ projects – so called because they have a project lifetime of less than one year. Others are longer-term, multi-partner collaborations of up to three and a half years. Each project unites industry know-how with specialist academic expertise; something that SAIC works hard to encourage by helping forge the necessary connections.

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