SAIC has launched a funding call to help support aquaculture businesses Photo: SAICSAIC has launched a funding call to help support aquaculture businesses Photo: SAIC

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has launched a rapid-response funding call to support Scotland’s growing aquaculture sector through the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The innovation centre is welcoming applications from collaborative partnerships between businesses and academic researchers to help the aquaculture sector adapt to a new commercial and operational reality in the months and years ahead.

“The outbreak of Covid-19 has been a significant challenge to the entire economy and aquaculture is no different,” said Sarah Riddle, director of business engagement at SAIC. “Our new rapid-response funding call will support the sector through the months ahead, remaining open to allow for new projects and ideas as the situation evolves.

“A decision on each initiative will be made within 10 weeks of submission and we’re particularly keen to hear from SMEs with ideas in the sector and supply chain,” she added.

SAIC will provide a package of up to £50,000 to successful applicants, with business partners expected to match or exceed this investment. The projects should have a duration of less than one year with at least one consortium partner based in Scotland.

More details on how to apply can be found at the SAIC website.

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