A new competition aimed at the food and drink sector has just been announced by the Scottish Funding Council.

Being run through Interface Food & Drink, the competition will provide a new £25,000 grant to stimulate innovation and the adoption of new technologies within the Scottish food and drink industry.

The investment is intended to encourage the development of innovative solutions and the adoption of new technologies and should centre on key areas of concern to the food industry.

Interface Food & Drink said that the money may support feasibility studies, proof of concept/market and collaborative research & development projects.

Key areas of concern highlighted by leading members of the food and drink industry are:

Supply chain e.g. availability of raw materials, processing capacity, sustainable supply

Efficiency – manufacturing, managing costs/rising prices in a recession

Energy and sustainability – reduction of waste, utilities management, packaging

Technology – identifying and exploiting new technologies

Exploiting opportunities – establishing and developing new global market opportunities

Interface Food & Drink is now seeking proposals that address industry requirements in these areas.

They may be led by either Scottish universities, Scottish businesses, or food and drink trade bodies but must involve both industry and academic partners.

 Interface Food & Drink may be able to assist in finding industry partners for university applications and academic partners for industry applications).

It is expected that projects will take between 6-9 months to complete, and applications will be judged against the following criteria:

Relevance to the key issues outlined above

Industry commitment, including cash contribution to the collaborative project

Anticipated impact on business/industry/economy/region

Level of innovation, e.g. adoption of novel technology; use of existing technology in novel way or application in new sector

The competition opened on Monday Monday 14 January 2013 and applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 28 February 2013.

Download the application form

Please contact Helen Pratt at Interface Food & Drink (helen@interface-online.org.uk, 0131 651 4019) or email food@interface-online.org.uk for any clarifications.

Visit this Website:Interface Food & Drink

Download this document:Download the application form (850.66 KB)

Interface, the knowledge connection for business, can help with access to access the specialist expertise, knowledge and facilities in Scotland’s universities and research institutions

Established in 2005, Interface is a central hub connecting businesses from a wide variety of national and international industries to Scotland’s 24 higher education and research institutes.

It provides a free and impartial service, and its and its team is based in Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, and  Dundee.


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