Strategic Research Programme 2011-2016: highlights

Report highlighting environment and rural economy research outputs, and resulting impact, funded through the programme.

Overview of Strategic Research Programme

The Scottish Government is an important, and long standing, funder of science in the areas of rural affairs, environment and food. From 2011-16 a significant five-year SRP was funded through the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services division ( RESAS). More than £50 million was invested each year to support a broad suite of research. This report covers a selection of the key achievements that were realised throughout the 2011-16 SRP.

Objectives of Strategic Research Programme

The Scottish Government's continuing investment in environment, rural affairs and food research provides a foundation for the sustainable use of our natural resources, the productivity and profitability of our agricultural sector and rural businesses, the prevention and effective management and control of animal and plant diseases, and our ability to respond effectively to global challenges such as food security and climate change. The funding also helps maintain Scottish-based scientific capability of international standing and the associated infrastructure.

The strategic research supported working towards the following priorities:

  • developing the rural economy;
  • supporting agriculture to deliver public benefits;
  • building up a world-class food and drink industry;
  • empowering rural communities;
  • making best use of Scotland's natural assets; and
  • tackling climate change.

SRP research addresses current and emerging challenges to meet short- and medium-term policy needs. This funding can also establish and support longer-term strategic research to understand change over time and enhance resilience to future threats. We also strive to enhance productivity and economic growth, maintain critical infrastructure and research assets, while developing future research capacity and capability.


Email: Jenny Watson,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Back to top