NSW DPI, in partnership with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), and an industry led steering committee, has developed the Seafood Innovation Program which aims to increase the post-harvest value of seafood in NSW.
The competitive grant program will offer seed funding and expert advice to individuals, cooperatives and companies with ideas for increasing the value of NSW seafood. Proposals must address one or more of three key challenges:
The program will:
Do you have a great idea that will benefit the NSW seafood industry and are interested in this program?
Can you offer business advice and guidance and are interested in becoming a mentor?
Register your interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and sending your contact details. We will keep you up to date on program developments and let you know more details as we call for formal grant applications.
By combining high-quality product with post-harvest processing, product innovation and development there is potential to significantly increase the value of the NSW wild harvest product.
There are many opportunities for businesses to develop solutions to existing problems in the seafood supply chain. For example, have you got a great idea that could see a new market developed for currently under-utilised species or increase the use of by-product species? Have you got an idea for packaging that extends shelf life? Can you value-add to high quality product, create a new product or can you see a way to expand export markets. If so, we want to hear from you!
The program has a hybrid focus and will target innovative ideas at two different stages of product development. We are looking to support both new, novel ideas and existing, more developed projects that need assistance with scaling. The program will provide seed funding, mentoring and business advice.
Capability Uplift Ten to fifteen selected businesses with novel ideas will be supported through a mentoring to develop their idea to achieve market impact. This is designed to support ideas and innovation to create a pipeline of new outcomes for the industry.
Innovation Exemplars Two selected applicants will receive funding assistance of up to $100,000 each for one year to support feasibility and viability testing to deliver new products, new processes and services that help the NSW seafood industry. This supports the testing of ideas which address gaps or unmet need in the market, and reduces risk prior to large investment.
Mentors Experienced mentors will be partnered with Capability Uplift and Innovation Exemplars to provide advice and support to the businesses.
Details of how to apply will be released when a call for formal applications is made later in 2023 – the process will be simple and straightforward.
Full details will be released, but you may want to start thinking about:
Businesses are welcome to apply for either stream of the Seafood Innovation Program, depending on the stage of development your idea is at.
Yes. We strongly encourage projects that involve collaboration.
If you have questions during the registration of expressions of interest period contact the team via email at email@example.com.
The team will respond to emailed questions within 5 working days. Answers to questions will be posted on the website.