Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing AgriFood areas globally, and is key to ensure food security for a growing world population.
The UK aquaculture industry has a production value in excess of £590 million to the UK economy, and Scottish salmon represents one of the most valuable food exports. The expertise found within the UK aquaculture industry positions us as leaders on many of the challenges and opportunties in this field. The UK industry is centred around production of key species such as salmon, as well as other growing finfish and shellfish sectors. Combining best industry practice with innovative solutions and a supportive research base, the UK is positioned to significantly expand its offshore, nearshore and land-based production systems.
Innovate UK KTN has expertise across a range of aquaculture production methodologies which gives us the insight needed to connect you to relevant organisations. We bring together a range of different stakeholders from industry, academia, government and others to enable consortia building and provide clear direction to people who want to innovate in this sphere.
Fisheries and Seafood Scheme - open funding
Opens: 14/04/2021 Closes: 31/12/2023
The Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (rolling applications with an 8-week turnaround) will provide financial support for projects in England that secure sustainable growth across the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors, and that protect and enhance the marine environment.
Innovate UK Smart Grants September 2023
Opens: 28/09/2023 Closes: 17/01/2024
Apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.
Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP) 2023 to 2024 Round 6
Opens: 06/11/2023 Closes: 31/01/2024
UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.
Related Events and Recordings
Supporting investment into UK AgriFood in 2023
In recent years Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN have prioritised building momentum within the AgriFood investment ecosystem as private investment is often essential to help fast track innovative projects in their own right, or in tandem with public funding.
Can innovation unlock the potential of seaweed in the UK?
In May 2022, Innovate UK KTN brought the UK seaweed industry together to discuss challenges and opportunities linked to seaweed and to drive collaboration and innovation in the sector. 294 people joined us online to hear from our excellent speakers including farmers, processors, academics and businesses.