Seafood R&D Programme

This programme supports research and development projects aimed at developing new or improved products and processes for the sector which are market led and in collaboration with industry, agencies and recognised Research Performing Organisations (RPO’s).

The Seafood R&D Programme provides a means for industry to submit relevant R&D project proposals to be undertaken by BIM for the benefit of the sector as a whole.

Approved projects will be administered by BIM on behalf of industry and carried out by Research Performing Organisations (RPOs).

The key objectives of this programme are:

  • To assist the seafood sector and entrepreneurs in researching, developing and testing new technologies, products and platforms which lead to increased values for the sector
  • To deepen industry’s R&D base
  • To enable Seafood SMEs to access expertise in innovation to ensure long-term sustainability
  • To yield positive value for state investment in terms of environmental sustainability, viable businesses and employment

Projects to include (see Guidelines for further information)

  • Knowledge transfer and mapping of marine and aquaculture ingredient opportunities.
  • Development of techno-functional and health ingredients from marine and aquaculture processing by-products, underutilised species and seaweeds.
  • Dietary intervention trials.
  • Investigation of product quality, formulation and scale-up technologies.
  • Development and testing of commercially relevant and Innovative in-factory, on-board and on-farm processing technologies.
  • Design, trial and testing of Industry 4.0, Sensors, IoT and Digitisation Technologies.

Eligible Beneficiaries

Seafood businesses and public bodies are invited to submit project proposals. Priority will be given to projects that take account of the raw material supply, describe the technical requirements and define the market opportunity.  Projects must demonstrate the common benefit of the sector.

Project submissions must build-upon Food Wise 2025, EMFF, Seafood Processing Development Measure 2014-2020 and BIM strategy goals and priorities. All projects must be for the benefit of the Irish seafood sector and outputs made accessible via online publications and industry information fact sheets.

BIM reserves the right to not approve projects which do not comply with BIM strategy, EMFF legislation or where insufficient funds are available.

Support Rates and Project Duration

For approved projects, third party Research Performing Organisation (RPO) costs will be 100% funded up to a maximum of €150,000 per project.

BIM envisage that projects will have clear outcomes and as a guideline would be completed within a 12 month period. High Technology Readiness (TRL 5+) are envisaged rather than early-stage explorative R&D.

How to apply

  1. Launch the BIM Seafood R&D Programme Project Proposal Form (pdf 601Kb) 
  2. Download the application form to your computer
  3. Launch the form from your computer  (see note below)
  4. Complete the form saving the updates as you go
  5. Email the completed form to R&DProgramme@bim.ie

PLEASE NOTE: To launch the form you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader available at https://acrobat.adobe.com/. Should you need assistance with this please contact us.

or post the form to BIM.

Post to: Business Development and Innovation Division, BIM, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

 

Key Dates

Open call, assessed monthly

Contact Us

To learn more about this programme contact:

John Fagan
Direct: +353 1 2144100
Mobile: +353 87 9045047

How to Apply

Launch the BIM Seafood R&D Programme Project Proposal Form (pdf 601Kb) 
Download the application form to your computer
Launch the form from your computer  (see note below)
Complete the form saving the updates as you go
Email the completed form to R&DProgramme@bim.ie

PLEASE NOTE: To launch the form you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader available at https://acrobat.adobe.com/. Should you need assistance with this please contact us.

or

Post Project Proposal Forms to:

Business Development & Innovation Division
BIM
Crofton Road
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin