AQUAEXCEL 2020 - 13th Call for Access NOW OPEN

28 January – 08 March 2019
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The 13th Call for Access is NOW OPEN until the 8th of March. Don't miss out on the opportunity of fully EC-funded access to 39 world-class aquaculture research facilities across 11 countries.

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL2020 project will invite proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. 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.

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).

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.

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 (“The Vision”) ( The EATiP strongly encourages TNA applications related to Social Licence, Precision Farming and Resource Efficiency. However, applicants are also welcome to submit applications outside of these thematic areas.

For further details please refer to the official website.

Further queries regarding the Call for Access please contact John Bostock: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do you have a project idea but need help to find the right facility? Please contact the orientation committee of AQUAEXCEL2020 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Would you like to suggest expert reviewers (including yourself) for the AQUAEXCEL2020 TNA programme? Please complete this form and return it with nominee CV to John Bostock: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..