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 uphold best practice in sustainability and maintain certification.

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

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 open for 2023 and close at 23:59 GMT on 5 December 2022.

2023 fund

In 2023, we particularly welcome projects focusing on bycatch reduction. Priority will be given to projects that aim to develop low-cost solutions and which have strong match funding in place.

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

Who can apply?

The fund is open to submissions from external organisations, including academic institutions, independent researchers, NGOs 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. 

Applicants can only submit one application for consideration and must not have received a Science and Research Fund grant within the last three years before the time of application.

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

Applications will be assessed on: 

  • The proposed activities and relevance to the Science and Research Fund aims
  • Feasibility of the project outcomes and key performance indicators
  • The potential of proposals 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

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

Applications must be submitted in English via email to

MSC Ocean Stewardship Fund - Privacy Policy
Date of issue: 15 September 2022

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