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Fish Farmer - - Contents -

IN aqua­cul­ture, fund­ing either comes di­rectly from gov­ern­ment via re­search coun­cils, or pri­vately from in­dus­try.

There used to be seven re­search coun­cils, with BBRSC and NERC be­ing the two most likely to open fund­ing calls for fun­da­men­tal aqua­cul­ture re­search.

How­ever, these are in the process of be­ing amal­ga­mated into one body, UK Re­search and In­no­va­tion.

UKRI is the new fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion for re­search and in­no­va­tion in the UK. It brings to­gether the seven UK re­search coun­cils, In­no­vate UK and a new or­gan­i­sa­tion, Re­search Eng­land, work­ing closely with its part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions in the de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions.

The UK gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to reach­ing 2.4 per cent of GDP in­vest­ment in R&D by 2027 (cur­rently 1.7 per cent), and to reach­ing three per cent in the longer term.

His­tor­i­cally, aqua­cul­ture re­search has re­ceived far less fund­ing than other science dis­ci­plines. How­ever, BBSRC & NERC re­cently com­mit­ted £6 mil­lion to aqua­cul­ture fund­ing as part of their Aqua­cul­ture Ini­tia­tive 2014-2017.

ARCH-UK was funded un­der the aqua­cul­ture ini­tia­tive in 2017 and has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­port on the out­puts of the re­search funded un­der this ini­tia­tive, which it does at an­nual science events (ASEs).

end of June 2019 in Stir­ling, the third in Swansea 2020.

SAIC and KTN also of­fer fund­ing for aqua­cul­ture re­search that is closer

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