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Apply for the NewTechAqua Award Challenge!

Call for innovation – Apply by 20 December 2022

In recent years, the needs of the aquaculture sector have increased with the development of connectivity, digital transformation, and the rise of new technologies. This phenomenon has favored the emergence of new forms of businesses together with the irruption of many technology-based companies that are providing new solutions to the aquaculture sector, sometimes from other areas than agri-food.

This technological revolution, which is one of the main elements of the NewTechAqua Project, determine high competences between companies. Start-ups often encounter difficulties to get known to the sector and take advantage of the high added value they offer to satisfy the needs of a dynamic sector that constantly demands innovative solutions.


What is NewTechAqua Award Challenge?

The NewTechAqua Award Challenge seeks disruptive solutions based on the challenges listed below susceptible to bring economical, environmental, and social benefits and impacts in the aquaculture sector.

Taking part in our challenge will be a great opportunity for the five selected candidates:

  • Make your company, your products or your services known to a specialised international aquaculture audience.
  • Connect with NewTechAqua’s global innovation system and contacts with companies and researchers that demand your innovations.
  • Find partners for the development of your solution, if necessary.
  • Be selected for a coaching programme to improve the viability, the exploitation of your results and their market uptake.
  • Two months of coaching programme with expert members of NewTechAqua and other partners organisations.
  • Be invited to present your idea at the Aquaculture Forum by the end of 2023, including a promotional video as a prize.

The participating entities should respond to the main challenges identified by the NewTechAqua project. NewTechAqua’s activities, foreseen results and developed solutions are conceived to contribute to these challenges. A total of six challenges are defined as follows:

  1. Deliver solutions to improve fish and mollusk health and disease resistance: prediction models for specific diseases, kits for disease’ detection, new breeding programmes, and new diets.
  2. Increase the efficiency of aquaculture production systems via real-time management systems, satellite systems, and recommendations.
  3. Make the aquaculture sector more sustainable and circular through different rearing systems (RAS, biofloc technology, aquaponics) as well as new diets and feed products using fish by-products, fish processing wastewaters, and microalgae, new organic diets using plant proteins to produce more organic fish.
  4. Support diversification of fish species by studying the reproductive cycle of emerging fish species to re-create the best conditions for raising these new species in aquaculture production systems.
  5. Develop new eco-friendly fish and molluscs products with high nutritional value.
  6. Raise awareness and train professionals from the aquaculture sector by creating training programmes and conducting studies on consumers’ preferences.


Who can participate?

Participation in the NewTechAqua Award Challenge is open to start-ups, entrepreneurs, and technology centres that present innovative solutions for the challenges described in the previous section.


Application form

The proposals should be presented using this application form.

It is compulsory to accept the general rules and conditions to participate. Only fully completed application forms submitted before the deadline will be taken into account.  A Committee of Experts will analyse the presented solutions and only consider those meeting the requirements and eligibility criteria for further evaluation.


Evaluation criteria

The Committee of Experts will evaluate the solutions presented based on the following criteria:

  • Orientation to the challenges of the NewTechAqua project
  • Leadership and team management skills
  • Degree of disruption of the technology and/or business model proposed
  • Feasibility of the project
  • Potential impact


Deadlines and timeline

Solutions can be submitted until December 20th, 2022 (23:59 CET).

The solutions will be evaluated by January 31, 2023.

The selected solutions will be informed from February 1st, 2023.


Industrial and intellectual property

If the proposal is selected to participate in the NewTechAqua Award Challenge, the proponents authorize the Organization to publish those data that are considered public: company name, small description of the project and professional contact. It is essential that the information entered in the application form for the NewTechAqua Award Challenge does not violate any contract or rights with third parties, including patents, copyright, industrial secret, trademarks or other confidential information.


Data protection

According to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the implementation of both computerized authentication and procedures for managing authorization’s credentials is required. To assure the security of and the trust in the system, and to properly protect the rights and freedoms of natural persons, it is fundamental to provide technical solutions to ensure data security regarding the services offered by the NewTechAqua project. For identity management and data protection mechanisms, the NewTechAqua project will follow the standard practice in the security research community. In particular, each participant, after the authentication procedure, will receive clear and understandable information relating to participation in the Award Challenge and the request for consent.

Information relating to the processing of personal data (pursuant to Article 13 of the GDPR) and rights of the data subjects (pursuant to Articles from 12-23 of the GDPR), and the relative consent (according to the procedures described in deliverables n.10.1 and 10.2 and the DMP, Deliverable n.9.1). No personal data belonging to special categories (pursuant to art. 9 of GDPR) will be collected and processed in the course of the award challenge.



For any questions or request for additional information, you can contact Cristóbal Aguilera via email: or Marisol Castro via email:


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