New £200 million to back innovative agriculture projects
27 June 2022 • Sarah Medcraf
Projects which aim to boost food security in Scotland and address the biodiversity and climate crises are expected to benefit from a major Scottish Government funding programme.
At The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced major investment of more than £200 million through the 2022 to 2027 Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Strategic Research Programme (SRP).
The Scottish Government is one of the largest funders of agri-environmental research in the UK, and will provide funding with a focus on strategic environment, natural resources and agriculture research.
The programme will invest in varied innovative projects, including:
- Greenhouse Gas Reductions for agriculture and livestock
- crops for vertical farms, which will help to produce a wide range of economically valuable crops
- vaccine research into animal diseases, including Bovine Respiratory Disease
The fund backs long-term research programmes and science facilities which directly support Scotland’s academic research base and allows research institutes to leverage additional funding from other funders.