Science and Research Fund

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

The SRF supports projects that deliver the essential research needed for fisheries in the MSC program.  

For the 2019-2020 funding round we particularly welcome projects that focus on the following priority research areas:  

  • Ghost gear
  • Endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) species. 

We welcome proposals 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 and grants awarded for 2020The call for applications for 2021 rounds will open this Autumn.

Who can apply?

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

All submissions must be applicable to a fishery currently in the MSC program and applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from the fishery related to the proposal. 

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

You must be able to accept our Ocean Stewardship Fund terms and conditions.

We will review 

  • The proposed activities and relevance to the SRF 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

Completed applications must be submitted in English and submitted via email to

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Deadline for applications

Applications are now closed for 2020 and will reopen for 2021 this Autumn.

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