Our Research

Fisheries Innovation Scotland will, through the commissioning of underpinning applied research and the provision of advice, help inform the governance and management of sustainable fisheries, the fishing industry and related supply chain in Scotland.

In a European context, FIS will work with existing bodies, such as the Regional Advisory Councils; the European Commission and ICES, with an aim of developing research links with other European Fisheries with specific shared interests.


A complete list of FIS projects can be found on the Projects page.


How to apply!

FIS does not normally accept unsolicited proposals. For details of the most recent Call for Proposals please refer to the News page. Calls for proposals are generally advertised on the FIS website and the CMS email service. FIS also sends out alerts by email, and if you wish to be added to our extensive database, please email your name, organisation and email details to s.gray@fiscot.org.

To download the FIS Application Form, please click here

To see the standard FIS Research contract, please click here

FIS research is focused on innovation and problem solving and is designed to address: specific industry requirements, inform policy development and improve regulation.

Applicants should read all information provided with a given call before submitting an application form. Applicants are also encouraged to contact the FIS Executive Director to discuss their proposals prior to submission.

All applications to FIS are subject to a strict process of internal and independent external appraisal.

It is important that applicants confirm that they can meet the Terms and Conditions of the Standard FIS contract before submitting an application. Unless requested, no additional information should be included with an application.

All applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline stated in the call.


If your application is successful

You will be informed by the FIS Secretariat whether your application has been supported or rejected by the FIS Board, feedback will usually be provided. Successful applicants will be required to sign and return a specified number of hard copies of the agreed contract. Please note that FIS only agrees to changes to the standard contract under exceptional circumstances.


Project progress reporting and monitoring

Contractors may be required to provide brief project updates by email at a specified frequency. All projects are subject to interim and annual project monitoring by the FIS Secretariat and Board members and Project Steering Groups established. Contractors are typically required to provide a formal progress report prior to a monitoring meeting. The FIS Secretariat will report the outcome of the meeting to the Board and feedback any comments from the Board to the contractor.


Project final reports

All projects are required to provide a final report in an agreed format. All draft final reports are subject to independent external peer review. External reviewers are required to comment on the report and the extent to which the contractor has fulfilled the stated objectives of the project. The project is then graded accordingly. If the FIS Board accepts the final report it will normally be registered with the British Lending Library and published on the FIS website.