Knowledge Gateway Scheme

Apply for funding for projects that promote knowledge, innovation and technology in the aquaculture sector.

The Knowledge Gateway Scheme is established under Union Priority 2 (Sustainable Development of Aquaculture) of Ireland’s Operational Programme under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014 – 2020, co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Commission.

Who is Eligible Who is Eligible

This Scheme is open to open to both the public sector and to the aquaculture industry.

What is Funded What is Funded

Three types of project are eligible for funding:

Project Type 1: Innovation

Knowledge, Innovation and Technology. Working with technical and research institutions to develop innovative products and investment in innovative technology and trialling such technology under commercial conditions to improve performance and competitiveness whilst also assisting measures to improve long term environmental sustainability. These projects may concern for example; the development of new types of structures for farming; research into new types of aquaculture such as aquaponics, recirculation systems, multitrophic aquaculture.

This type of project must be carried out in partnership with a research or technical institution.


Projects Type 2: Animal Welfare & Disease Management

Developing new and innovative methods for ensuring animal welfare and disease management in the sector whilst ensuring that these techniques or treatments conform with principles of organic management where necessary.


Projects Type 3: Advisory Services

Business, Planning and Environmental Advisory Services: The provision of management and advisory services for aquaculture farms in order to improve performance and competitiveness and to reduce the environmental impact of operations.

Amounts Granted Amounts Granted

Grant aid is available at the following rates:

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Project Category Maximum support rate Maximum Support amount pa
1. Industry Projects 50% €200,000
2. Collective Projects 75% €500,000
3. Public Projects 100% €500,000

How to Apply How to Apply


Download the Application Form

The Knowledge Gateway Aquaculture Scheme Application Form (pdf 2,809Kb)



Submit Completed Application Form and Relevant Documents

The completed application form should be:

  • Email to
  • In addition a signed, printed copy with supporting documentation should be posted to:

Seafood Technical Services
Crofton Road,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin.

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Catherine Morrison