Our Objectives

  • To promote, encourage and support scientific research and development in aquaculture and related areas. This includes research in the fields of environmental impacts, technical and biological cultivation and health and welfare science.
  • To enhance public understanding of aquaculture through the dissemination of research results in the public domain. This will include research exhibitions and on-line publications of investigations and results.
  • SARF has a range of members including representatives from the aquaculture industry, government organisations, wild fish groups and environmental NGO's. The research undertaken will be across a broad range of areas and will be required to meet the collective needs of its members.

About

Welcome to SARF Website

The Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture was published by the Scottish Executive in March 2003.

The paper outlined a vision of an aquaculture industry guided by the principles of sustainable development, balancing economic progress with social justice and environmental responsibility. The formation of the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum was one of 33 priorities for action contained within the framework and was created to promote, encourage and support research and development in aquaculture.

Use this site to find further information about the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum, member groups and resources.

SARF was formed in April 2004 as an independent company limited by guarantee with charitable status.

Our Aims

SARF aims to support, by way of delivering high quality research, the vision outlined in the Strategic Framework: "Scotland will have a sustainable, diverse, competitive and economically viable aquaculture industry, of which its people can be justifiably proud. It will deliver high quality, healthy food to consumers at home and abroad, and social and economic benefits to communities, particularly in rural and remote areas. It will operate responsibly, working within the carrying capacity of the environment, both locally and nationally and throughout its supply chain."

State Aid Provisions

SCOTTISH AQUACULTURE RESEACH FORUM (SARF) support for Research and Development Commission Regulation EC No : 800/2006

Legal Context

The Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF) is a not-for-profit company (No.SC267177) and registered charity (No: SC035745) charged with undertaking and funding research on behalf of its Member organisations. SARF was established as one of the key recommendations of The Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture published by the Scottish Executive in March 2003.

The Framework outlined a vision of an aquaculture industry guided by the principles of sustainable development, balancing economic progress with social justice and environmental responsibility. The formation of SARF was one of 33 priorities for action contained within the framework and was created to promote, encourage and support research and development in aquaculture. Support for research and development in the agriculture sector will be in accordance with articles 31 to 34 of the regulation.

More about SARF

ELIGIBLE SECTORS The aid shall be of interest to all operators in the aquaculture and related sectors.

ELIGIBLE COSTS Support will be awarded in compliance with the terms of article 31 of the regulation towards certain eligible costs of the project relating to fundamental and industrial research and experimental development to the extent, and period, that these are used for the research project. Eligible costs are those relating to

  • personnel costs (researchers, technicians and other supporting staff to the extent employed on the research project);
  • costs of instruments and equipment to the extent and for the period used for the research project;
  • costs for building and land, to the extent and for the duration used for the research project;
  • costs of contractual research, technical knowledge and patents bought or licensed from outside sources at market prices, where the transaction has been carried out at arm's length and there is no element of collusion involved, as well as costs of consultancy and equivalent services used exclusively for the research activity;
  • additional overheads incurred directly as a result of the research project;
  • other operating expenses, including costs of materials, supplies and similar products incurred directly as a result of the research activity.

AID INTENSITY In compliance with article 34 of the regulation the aid intensity will not exceed 100% of the eligible costs.

DEFINITIONS The expressions "fundamental research", "industrial research" and "experimental development" shall be defined in conformity with article 30. The project will be carried out by a research organisation such as a university or research institution as defined in conformity with article 30.

DURATION The scheme will operate from 1 October 2009 to 31 December 2013.

BUDGET The estimated contribution from SARF will be £400,000 per year and will not exceed £1,500,000 for the expected 3 year duration of the project.