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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Researchers for Initiatives to Improve Worldwide Fisheries

Global Fisheries Tech Initiative

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Schmidt Marine

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations and researchers affiliated with universities for initiatives to improve the condition of fisheries worldwide. Applicants are required to submit an initial proposal prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for easily-implemented and sustainable solutions. Areas of interest include data collection, fishing gear modification, and improvement of tools.

The massive scope of the work needed to improve the state of the world’s fisheries suggests that numerous new ideas and companies will need to develop and expand in the coming years. Schmidt Marine funds groups at a variety of stages, but prioritizes support to projects in the earliest stages of development, when funding is most difficult to obtain. Schmidt Marine traditionally commits to fund a project for several years until it has reached financial stability through traditional investment or contracts and sales.

While the initiative does not have a specific regional focus, Schmidt Marine is seeking technologies that have the potential to enable improvements in multiple regions, especially areas where management and monitoring resources are most limited. Selected projects will reflect a strong understanding of the political structures of target deployment regions. They should be well grounded in both the realities of fishing and fisheries science and management, and in the case of new gear or gear improvements, should offer benefits to fishermen that make adoption feasible. The initiative also encourages applications from individuals and groups who do not typically work on ocean issues, such as companies with technologies for other applications that offer potential in fisheries.

Though other ideas will be considered, the primary focus will be on:

  • New or improved methods and tools for fisheries data collection, especially those enabling fisheries stock assessments. Of particular interest are technologies that offer the potential for low-cost, reliable, and efficient deployment even in remote areas.
  • Creative methods and new collaborations to substantially expand capabilities for analyzing fisheries data sets to increase the sustainability of fisheries through reduction of overfishing, prevention of illegal fishing, or creation of premium sustainable markets.
  • Fishing gear or gear modifications that reduce bycatch, derelict gear, and/or habitat destruction, or that increase fishermen safety or the survival rates of discarded catch. Such technologies should offer benefits to fishermen or other characteristics that open plausible paths for adoption.
  • Tools that enable improved fishing ground and protected area monitoring to prevent situations where good players are penalized and illegal players profit.

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GrantWatch ID#: 202758

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Individual grants typically range from $100,000 to $500,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

5 to 7 years of recurring funding for appropriate projects achieving annual milestones.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

University researchers, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies, including commercial fishing groups, are all eligible to apply.

Applications are welcome from any country.

Schmidt Marine is not currently funding in the areas of aquaculture or cell-cultured meats. However, please note that Schmidt Marine supports work in multiple areas related to aquaculture. If you are, for instance, working on technologies that reduce nutrient pollution from aquaculture facilities, please follow the normal submittal process.

Schmidt Marine is not currently funding projects related to renewable energy, shipping efficiency, aquaculture, oil-spill clean up, or seasteading. They also do not fund basic scientific research.

Pre-Application Information:

Initial applications are due by May 20, 2022. Applications are welcome from any country.
Recipients of the funding will be announced in November 2022.

- March 22, 2022: Initial proposal online system opens
- May 20, 2022: Initial proposal online system closes
- May 30, 2022: Proposals reviewed and top candidates invited to submit full proposal
- July 29, 2022: Full proposals due
- Fall 2022: Grants awarded


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