Seafish launches project fund

Seafish on Tuesday announced that it is now accepting applications for grants from the 2011 Seafish Industry Project Fund. The application period runs through 30 September.

The grant is worth up to GBP 1 million (USD 1.6 million, EUR 1.2 million). This year, Seafish is particularly interested in projects that involve seafood marketing and consumer education or that promote the nutritional benefits of seafood.

Following an in-depth review of its work by industry sponsors, the UK’s seafood industry group is proposing to work on seven themes —  health, consumers, standards, environment, information, safety at sea and regulation — over the next three years.

“Projects submitted for funding should demonstrably benefit our industry under one or more of these themes,” said Paul Williams, the organization’s research director. “Our consultation with industry revealed that two themes in particular — health and consumer concerns — are of vital importance, so these are priority areas.”

Seafish also announced some changes to the way the fund will operate this year. Applicants will be invited to complete and submit a concept form (CF) that summarizes the proposed work, together with a letter of support from the main industry sponsor supporting the proposed work. These will be reviewed by a Seafish advisory committee.

Applicants requesting more then GBP 5,000, whose CFs are reviewed successfully, will be invited to submit a detailed project proposal form (PPF). The more detailed PPFs will be subjected to a formal review process.

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