The Scottish Government provides around £45 million of funding each year towards a portfolio of strategic Environment, Agriculture and Food Science and Research, and is one of the largest funders of agri-environmental research in UK.
Most of this research is carried out through the Scottish Government's Main Research Providers (MRPs), operating under the title of the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI). Research in these institutes differs from universities in being both directed and long-term. Both of these attributes are becoming increasingly important as governments respond to the complex challenges facing them. Scottish Government funding of science at the MRPs forms an important part of Scotland's science base, enhancing Scotland's reputation for excellence and relevance in rural, agricultural and environmental research.
Strategic research portfolio
- Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Research Strategy for 2016 - 2021
- Rrual Affairs, food and the Environment (RAFE) strategic research portfolio 2016-21: overview
- Environment, Agriculture and Food Strategic Research Programme 2016-21: Natural Assets
- Environment, Agriculture and Food Strategic Research Programme 2016-21: Land management and rural economies
- Environment, Agriculture and Food Strategic Research Programme 2016-21: Food, health and wellbeing
- Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Strategic Research: contribution to Scotland's economic strategy