Rrual Affairs, food and the Environment (RAFE) strategic research portfolio 2016-21: overview

The Scottish Government is investing around £45m a year over 2016-2021 into a portfolio of Strategic Research to ensure that Scotland maintains its position at the very cutting edge of advances in agriculture, food and the environment.

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The Scottish Government is investing around £45m a year over 2016-2021 into a portfolio of Strategic Research to ensure that Scotland maintains its position at the very cutting edge of advances in agriculture, food and the environment.  This will continue to build an evidence base to support policy needs in the rural affairs, food and environment portfolio and contribute to the delivery of National Outcomes and the Scottish Government's Purpose.

In 2019-2020, the portfolio of research is made up of the following investments:

Strategic Research Programme

£31m in a Strategic Research Programme (SRP) supporting three main Themes of research:  Natural Assets; Productive and Sustainable Land Management and Rural Economies; and Food, Health and Wellbeing.

Further information on the Strategic Research Programme.

Centres of Expertise

£6m in four current Centres of Expertise, forming an important policy-research interface on the issues of water resources, animal disease outbreaks, climate change and plant health.  These draw not only on the knowledge and skills of researchers within the Main Research Providers, but also those of researchers from other institutions and universities from across Scotland.

Further information on the Centres of Expertise.

Innovation Funding

From 2016-18 the Scottish Government funded a stream of innovation funding, levering knowledge from the Strategic Research Programme into joint projects with industrial collaborators. 

Further information on Innovation funding.

Underpinning Capacity

£7m in Underpinning Capacity at the Main Research Providers, ensuring key assets which support our research are maintained and their long term sustainability secured.

Further information on Underpinning Capacity.

Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI) Gateway

£0.75m for Knowledge Exchange to create a focal point for SRP communications, that emphasises the multidisciplinary nature of the research, increases its impact by ensuring the outputs and outcomes of research are disseminated effectively to a wide range of stakeholders, and seeks out opportunites to ensure the broader benefits of the research are maximised. 

Further information on the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes.

A link to the SEFARI website can be found here.

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