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Large-scale Programme for Aquaculture Research (HAVBRUK2)

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Project titles from all grant applications will be published on the Research Council website in the list of proposals under processing.
In connection with the application review, the project summary may be forwarded to the referees who may be asked to assess the grant application. The project title and project summary should therefore not disclose sensitive information.


The primary objective of the Large-scale Programme for Aquaculture Research (HAVBRUK2) is to generate knowledge and solutions for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry.   

Secondary objectives

The programme will fund both basic research and applied research activities in order to:

  • Generate knowledge for promoting social acceptance for and good governance in aquaculture ;
  • Generate knowledge for developing sustainable methods to improve fish health;
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the lifecycle and biology of salmon to ensure reliable production;
  • Cultivate knowledge for developing solutions and technology for sustainable production;
  • Cultivate knowledge for developing and utilising safe, globally sustainable raw ingredients for fish feed;
  • Generate knowledge for increasing new marine bioproduction;
  • Generate fundamental knowledge for genetic improvement of aquatic organisms.

Target groups

  • Trade and industry, and business organisations;
  • Politicians and the public authorities;
  • The research community;
  • The general public and the media.

The HAVBRUK2 programme will be an important instrument in realising the Research Council’s efforts involving the bioeconomy. The programme has a clear industry focus and targets the entire aquaculture value chain to the market for processed products, where it shares an interface with the Research Programme on Sustainable Innovation in Food and Bio-based Industries (BIONAER).

The primary focus of the programme is on the value chain for salmonids, but it also encompasses catch-based aquaculture and live holding, sea ranching and production of other species, with a focus on species at lower trophic levels. 

Projects with funding

At present, these projects have received funding from the HAVBRUK-programme. The overview provides access to summaries and other key information on all the projects under the programme. (The overview may contain information in Norwegian.)

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

The aquaculture industry, including the supplier industry, research institutes, universities and university colleges.



Overall budget:

The HAVBRUK2 programme has an annual budget of NOK 145 million.

The total budget for the entire programme period is approximately NOK 1.5 billion in public funding. Funding from the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) or in-kind contributions from the industry in connection with Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry is not included in this sum.

The programme is the successor to the programme Aquaculture – An Industry in Growth (HAVBRUK), which had the following annual allocations for new projects:
Budget 2015: NOK 50 million
Budget 2014: NOK 35 million
Budget 2013: NOK 28.5 million