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Fisheries Innovation Scotland Call for expressions of interest

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from applicants to address specific research requirements outlined below. The EoI period will close on Monday 14th December 2020. A request for a full proposal will be sent to shortlisted partners by the end of December 2020. 

FIS connects the seafood supply chain around shared opportunities for innovation to add value to Scottish businesses and communities. We commission projects which will make the greatest positive change for Scotland’s seafood industry and the people driving it. These projects must have a clear pathway to impact, with stakeholder expertise and peer review built into every stage. Please read What Makes a FIS Project before contacting us.

Who can apply

FIS encourages applications from all types of organisation capable of generating new knowledge relevant to sustainable Scottish fisheries, and ensuring this knowledge can be used to generate change ‘on the water’. There is no restriction on the geographic location of applicants. FIS encourages and welcomes collaborative teams from different sectors. Applicants may express interest in one or both projects detailed here.

FIS creates a pre-competitive environment for collaboration. Applicants should ensure that their organisation and project partners can comply with the terms of the standard FIS contract, which is available here.

If applicants wish to discuss project requirements and ideas in more detail, they can do so confidentially by contacting Kara Brydson at


How should GHG emissions from Scottish fishing vessels be measured and quantified? What are the most effective means to reduce these emissions? 

FIS seeks to commission an inventory of the Scottish fleet to understand specific emission issues for each sector – for example the elements in each fleet segment that are the greatest contributors, as well as the greatest contributors by fleet segment. The inventory will also inform the development of a practical tool to measure and validate changes in carbon use at an individual vessel level.

FIS believes this knowledge will help promote industry action to reduce GHG emissions, safeguard sector and business reputation, and allow businesses to maintain and access new markets.

The inventory should support FIS in identifying targeted technological solutions and pathways to transition, and explore the potential for practical adaptation projects. It must utilise and complement existing resources, and learn from other sectors and nations.

The EoI period will close on Monday 14th December 2020.

You can find out more here

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