Publication - Strategy/plan

Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Research Strategy for 2016 - 2021

Published: 13 Feb 2015

This strategy sets out the principles and processes behind the investment the Scottish Government will make in research for the Rural Affairs, Food and Environment portfolio from 2016 to 2021.

Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Research Strategy for 2016 - 2021
The way we will work

The way we will work

Our working approach will be common to all the research we commission. We will continue to expect ever greater collaboration both within and between the science organisations that we fund to demonstrate our requirement for interdisciplinary working, and that collaboration must extend not only to the wider research community, both in Scotland and elsewhere, but also the public and private sector - transdisciplinary[6] working, with CAMERAS partners and other stakeholders.

We will continue to insist upon the best science possible being undertaken and the highest quality outputs being produced and made accessible through our funding. In all the research we support, we also expect that the impact of that work will be maximised. We will require the outputs generated from our funding to be brought to the attention of audiences through novel and evolving means that demonstrate an understanding of their needs and help provide answers to their questions.

We will achieve this through:

  • Inspiring Innovation - challenging and supporting our science base to take novel approaches in new areas of science and in the application of existing strengths, including facilitating interdisciplinary research with a systems focus, seeking new funding sources in both public and private sectors, and by expanding levels of collaborative working.
  • Exchanging Knowledge and Enhancing Impact -networks of communication are rapidly evolving, and we will designate specific resources to ensure that knowledge is shared and discussed with the widest possible audience of end users[7], and by doing so, encourage greater awareness and impact for the work we fund over time.
  • Maintaining National and International Capability - supporting the physical and intellectual assets within our science base including infrastructure, equipment, data and expertise and other research platforms (e.g. labs and demonstration farms) to safeguard the continuous development and retention of internationally recognised expertise within Scotland, and increase the accessibility of those resources to a wider audience.


Email: Liam Kelly