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Aquaexcel2020 opens call for research
By Nestor Arellano
By Nestor Arellano
Are you involved in aquaculture research? You can now apply for full European Commission-funded access to top-class research facilities through Aquaexcel2020.
Aquaexcel2020 is a project that invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that use the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures.
The project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with the capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types.
The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial-scale); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health & welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring & management technologies).
These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more Aquaexcel2020 infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country.
In considering the exploitation potential, attention will be given to how the work contributes to meeting the objectives of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP), as defined in the thematic Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. However, applicants are also welcome to submit applications outside of these thematic areas.
Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen research infrastructure for periods of up to three months.
Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as well as the participation by SMEs.
If you have an aquaculture project idea but need help to find the right facility, contact the orientation committee of Aquaexcel2020 at aquaexcel-OC@inra.fr.