The Scottish Food and Drink Net Zero Challenge Fund

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What does this involve?

This fund aims to help companies working in or with the food and drink supply chain in Scotland to reduce their environmental impact. To do this, it will pay for companies to make use of the expertise offered by Scotland’s higher education institutions and colleges in many disciplines, including agri-tech, IT, data, manufacturing, engineering, food science, chemistry, biology, environmental and consumer sciences.

Funding of up to £10,000 will be available for businesses to partner with and fund Scottish academia on projects that contribute to sustainability and net zero goals. 

Projects are welcome from across the industry, including primary production, manufacturing, food service, supply chains, retail, and technology. To be successful, your application must demonstrate how you plan to reduce environmental impacts in the food and drink industry in Scotland.

Environmental sustainability is unique to each business, organisation or subsector, so, priorities will vary. Interface will accept applications that cover a range of issues, such as food waste, waste valorisation, water usage, sustainable ingredients, packaging, resource and energy efficiency. 

Ideas may have emerged through engagement with support services available to businesses, such as the Circular Economy Business Support Service or Food and Drink Waste Reduction Business Support, which enabled your business to pilot concepts or embed knowledge with the support of academia.

The fund has been launched by Interface and the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership as part of the Recovery Plan funded by the Scottish Government.

Am I eligible?

This competitive challenge fund is open to businesses of any size working in or supporting the Scottish food and drink sector and its supply chains. 

The Scottish Food and Drink Net Zero Challenge Fund will work on the same principles as the Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Voucher programme. The key differences are:

  • companies which have previously collaborated with academia or have an existing relationship will still be eligible for consideration
  • multi-partner applications will be considered if there is a defined lead business and lead academic partner
  • an independent panel of experts will assess and approve applications

Who is this for?

All businesses working in the Scottish food and drink sector which have a net zero-focused project.

How long does this take?

The submission deadline for your project depends on whether you are currently working with an academic partner.

  • if you have already identified an academic partner or are the academic partner, the submission deadline is 5pm on 17 December 2021
  • if you are a business with a net zero challenge and don’t already have an academic partner, Interface can connect you with relevant academic experts - to ensure there is enough time to do this, the submission deadline is 17 November 2021

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in the week commencing 17 January 2022.

Important information

Please visit the Interface website to read the full terms and conditions before you apply.

You will also find FAQs, case study inspiration and other relevant information.

Next steps

Visit the Interface website for more information and to download an application form.

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