The Science and Research Fund provides grants of up to £50,000 to support research projects that help MSC certified fisheries achieve best practice in sustainability and maintain certification.

The fund supports projects that deliver the essential research needed for MSC certified fisheries to achieve global best practice. A total of £140,000 was awarded to three Science and Research Fund projects in 2021, through the Ocean Stewardship Fund. Research focused on reducing unwanted bycatch and improving the sustainability of bait fisheries.