Open Calls

For information on current FIS calls for research project proposals, competitions and bursaries please see below;


Research Project Call - FIS020 - Feasibility study on an industry self-sampling programme for the pelagic sector

Making best use of data collected by the fishing industry is more important now than ever – both research institutes and state-funded research efforts are enduring reduced funds and capacity, whilst the need for more biological data, improved stock-assessments and real-time fisheries management is growing. High resolution (haul level) data collected at sea and on-shore by the fishing industry has the possibility to enhance the quality of catch and biological data required for assessment and also to improve the knowledge necessary to understand changes in stock abundance and distribution.

Anticipated Duration: 4 months

Indicative budget: £25,000

Proposed date of commencement: November 2017

To download the detailed call specification for FIS020 click here. Proposals must be submitted using the standard FIS Application Form. The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday 15th September 2017.


International Study Bursary Programme - FIS019

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) is opening its International Study Bursary Programme, designed to help the career development of those working in or with the commercial fishing industry: catching, processing, supply chain, NGO, academia and so on. Awards will be made to winning applicants who have identified a specific short international study trip they believe will benefit their career and their ability to contribute to the sector in Scotland. The overarching theme of the study visit will be to address any aspect to any aspect of fisheries (processing, supply chain, NGO, academia and so on) f Fisheries Innovation and Sustainability.

This is a competitive Programme, with the best applicant receiving a study bursary each year. It is open to any Scottish-based individual, without gender or other bias.

For further information and guidance on applying please visit the FIS019 project page. Applications must be submitted using the 2017/18 International Study Bursary Application Form.

The Closing Date for applications is 31st October 2017


Fisheries Innovation Award Competition – FIS018

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) is launching the first of what will become annual award competitions. Applications are open to all, and the competition is free to enter. For 2017, FIS is looking for new ideas that will increase the profitability of the sector through:

Entrants can choose either category, and winners in both categories will be eligible for an Award and a prize:

It is possible that FIS could take forward one or more of the winning ideas into full research or development projects, providing entrants with the added satisfaction of knowing that their ideas might be more widely taken up within the industry.

For further information and guidance on applying please visit the FIS018 project page. Applications must be submitted using the 2017 Innovation Award Competition Entry Form.

The Closing Date for applications is 31st October 2017