Scottish tourism businesses are encouraged to enter
Businesses from three sectors are invited to team up with academic experts for research and development projects that could transform their industries.
Interface, which connects businesses to Scotland’s 23 universities and research institutions, is seeking proposals from companies in the creative industries, food & drink, and tourism sectors.
Funding ranging from £5,000 to £10,000 will be awarded to projects determined by an external judging panel.
Suzanne Dawson, head of sector relationships at Interface, said: “Creative industries, tourism and food & drink are key sectors in Scotland, as highlighted in the 2017-18 Programme for Government.
“This multiparty competition aims to drive innovation in each sector and create impacts for the companies involved, academic institutions, the wider economy and society.
“This is our second round of funding for multiparty collaborations in these sectors and provides a fantastic opportunity to jointly research and develop new products, processes or services which could bring benefits such as job security in rural areas or the ability to target new international markets.”
Applications should demonstrate innovation and explain how the project will add value and transformational impact to the sector.
A winning entry from the last round was a group of leading tourism businesses working with Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot Watt University to carry out research to develop a programme aimed at attracting and engaging the older generation at visitor attractions.