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Scottish Industry/Science Partnerships (SISP)


The Scottish Government has always supported the funding of research ideas to enhance the existing co-operation between the Scottish catching sector and fisheries science providers. From 2006 until 2011, this was undertaken by Scottish Industry/Science Partnerships (SISP).

In 2012, funding of £150,000 was announced towards a new joint initiative, the Fishing Industry Science Alliance (FISA). FISA draws on the combined expertise of fishermen and scientists and has been created to support research that delivers more sustainable and effective fisheries with projects that further scientific knowledge of Scottish fisheries.

2006 - 2011

Two pilot projects were undertaken in 2006-2007 and full reports on these projects are available on this website.

The Scottish Government allocated extra funding in 2007 and 2008 to be spent on joint industry/science research projects. Funding is likely to be assigned for projects in 2010 to 2011. Ideas are invited from a variety of sources including:

  • individuals from the catching sector
  • fishermen's associations
  • NGOs
  • science providers

boatProjects will mainly involve biological or fisheries science but socio-economic suggestions will also be considered and ideas which are associated with the catching sector, related to the main Scottish fisheries, are high quality and are value for money are welcome. Proposals selected for work will either cover new research areas or enhance existing themes, allowing them to be completed quicker or in greater depth than currently planned. Follow this link to some project idea examples.


The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Generate research ideas of common interest to industry and the Scottish Government
  • Speed up or broaden current research work
  • Improve industry/science relations

How can I become involved?

If you have an idea for a project which meets the above objectives, fill in an outline proposal form explaining your idea and send it to us.

All forms will also be available from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation website.

How it will work?

  • At regular intervals - at least once a year - the ideas will be considered for funding
  • A Consultative Group, comprising members of relevant organisations invited by Marine Scotland, will prioritise all ideas suggested in the outline proposal forms.
  • A Steering Group, chaired by Marine Scotland and made up of industry and Marine Scotland Science, will finalise the list, outline suitable specifications for the work and set financial limits and criteria for selection.
  • If Marine Scotland Science does not have the resources to undertake approved projects, the work will be opened up to competitive tender from industry/science partnerships and will be advertised on the Marine Scotland website.
  • Tenders will be invited from industry and science partnership teams and a Liaison Officer will be appointed who will be available to help and advise in the tendering process.
  • When all the tender bids have been assessed and one bid selected, a contract will be drawn up between the successful partnership team and Marine Scotland Science who are administering the funds on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • Work will start with progress monitored throughout, and a final report will be prepared and published on this website.
  • A workshop will be held each year to allow stakeholders to comment on past projects and suggest areas for future work.