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 achieve best practice in sustainability and maintain certification.

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

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

2022 fund

Preference will be given to projects that have the potential to benefit multiple fisheries and the wider ocean community. For 2022, we particularly welcome proposals that focus on the following priority research areas:

  • Endangered, threatened and protected species
  • Habitat impacts

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 open for 2022 and close at 23:59 on 6 December 2021. Sign up to receive email reminders of when the fund closes.

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. 

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

We will review 

  • 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

Applications must be submitted in English via email to

Applications are open for 2022 and close at 23:59 GMT on 6 December 2021.

Applicants must be able to accept the Science and Research Fund Grant Agreement and our Ocean Stewardship Fund Privacy Policy below. The MSC's policy for Indirect Cost Recovery Rate is 5% for all applications.

Sign up to receive email reminders of when the fund closes.

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

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