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FHF – Norwegian Seafood Research Fund

FHF is a state-owned limited company owned by the Ministry of Trade, industry and fisheries, and financed by the industry through a levy on exports of Norwegian Seafood at 0,3 %. FHFs goal is to create added value to the seafood industry through industry-based research and development (R&D).

The Ministry constitutes the general assembly and appoints the board of directors which is comprised of representatives of the industry. The industry anchoring is further strengthened through three industry advisory groups consisting of industry actors.

FHFs activities and priorities are anchored in law and regulations as well as main strategies and annual priorities, both of which are available at www.fhf.no

FHF shall identify the most important issues to be addressed through R&D, initiate, finance and carry out R&D projects which will contribute to FHFs main goal.

In addition, FHF shall take steps to ensure that results from the R&D projects can be implemented in the industry and thus create innovation and value to the industry.

You will find a brief presentation on FHF here.

FHF's priorities cover all areas of the Norwegian seafood industry, and are organized related to the different sectors of the industry.

In Aquaculture FHF adresses environmental documentation and impact, product quality, fish health and welfare, feed and feed resources as well as analyses of the formal framework for the industry.

In Groundfish FHF projects cover fisheries and vessel technology, fresh/frozen processing, salted/dried processing and crustaceans.

In Pelagics priorities cover fisheries and vessel technology, pelagic industry as well as conditions and framework for the industry.

In addition to the three sectors, FHF has prioritized cross sector issues such as market access and co-existence between aquaculture and wild fisheries.

Initiation of projects
Most FHFprojects are initiatied through competition, mainly public calls.
All open calls, most of them in Norwegian, are available here.

Templates for project descriptions and other vital documents relating to applications are available here.

Establishing and implementation of projects

FHF follows ethical guidelines for industry financed R&D which will ensure the indepence and legitimacy of the science.

This means that FHF may define the problem or issue to be adressed, but can not influence methodology or results.
Results from FHF financed projects shall be openly available.

Reference groups related to the projects will be appointed by FHF, consisting of representatives from the industry. The purpose is to contribute to the project's relevance and industry value through their experience and competence.

How the project are ensured indepence from the reference groups is described in the standard terms and conditions, which are found here.

Terms for grant recipients
FHF has a set of standard terms and conditions which follow every grant issued by FHF and will be the basis for how each project is carried out.
The terms and conditions are available in English here.

Results from projects
All FHF-financed R&D projects are avialable and searchable in a project base on this website.
You will find basic description of the projects including backgroud, budget, project leader and other participants as well as all results and publications from the project.
Most information will be in Norwegian, but many scientific articles will be in English.
Project base

Please do not hesitate to contact us  for further information.