Science and Research Fund

The Science and Research Fund provides grants of up to £50,000 to support research projects that help MSC Certified fisheries meet and maintain sustainability best practice.

A total of £140,000 was awarded to three Science and Research Fund projects in 2021, through the Ocean Stewardship Fund. Research focuses on reducing unwanted bycatch and improving the sustainability of bait fisheries.

The fund supports projects that deliver the essential research needed for MSC certified fisheries to achieve global best practice.  

Preference will be given to projects that have the potential to benefit multiple fisheries and the wider ocean community.

Amount of funding available: up to £50,000 per project.

Duration of funding: projects must be completed within a two-year period.

Deadline for applications: applications are now closed, with the next call expected in October 2021. Sign up to receive email updates for when the fund reopens.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to submissions from external organisations, including academic institutions, independent researchers or MSC certified fisheries. Submissions by organisations must be made by a named individual who will be responsible for that project.  

All submissions must be applicable to an MSC certified fishery or fisheries and applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from the fishery or fisheries related to the proposal. 

Employees, trustees, agents, current contractors, and relatives of employees or trustees of the MSC are ineligible.

You must be able to accept our Ocean Stewardship Fund Privacy Policy and Science and Research Fund Grant Agreement below.

We will review 

  • The proposed activities and relevance to the Science and Research Fund aim
  • Feasibility of the project outcomes and key performance indicators
  • The potential of proposals to to benefit multiple fisheries and the wider ocean community
  • Qualifications and track record of the project team
  • Enthusiasm for external project communications
  • Evidence of matched or additional funding. 

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2021, with the next round expected October 2021. 

Sign up to receive email updates for when the fund reopens.

MSC Ocean Stewardship Fund - Privacy Policy
Date of issue: 15 September 2020

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