Five business-academic projects have won £35,000 of funding from Interface in its latest multiparty competition to boost innovation.
The competition was open to groups of business in the food & drink, creative industries and tourism sectors collaborating with universities and research institutes.
The successful projects are:
Mycomaterials – Creating Textiles from Fungi
Cellucomp, Burntisland, collaborating with Advanced Microwave Technologies, Roslin, and Edinburgh Napier University, to develop textile materials from fungi.
Developing Creative Green Materials
A project between a group of ceramics and textile creatives in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Chemical Engineering Department to develop creative green materials for the sector.
Making the Ideal Cheese Product: Optimising Cheese Manufacture by Product and Consumer Understandings
The Fine Cheese Makers of Scotland, a group of over 30 cheesemakers, and Abertay University to develop consumer and sensory research tools to increase sales of cheese products in the UK and overseas.
Waste Not Boost That
A group of innovative manufacturers and growers from the food industry and the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, to research crop by-products to improve the nutritional quality of food and add value to waste streams.
A consortia of animal feed companies, pig farmers and the Scottish Rural University College to develop a new carbon footprint model for pig farmers which will provide an independent verification of environmental performance of their feed and pork products.
Interface, the expert matchmaker of businesses and academics for research and development projects, awarded the funding for the five projects as a result of a competition to encourage multiparty collaborations between groups of businesses and academics which have the potential to transform industry sectors through research and development.
Howell Davies, sector engagement project manager at Interface, said: “There was a significant increase in the number of innovative entries for the competition and we are particularly encouraged to see a number of applicants from the creative industries sector.
“Encouraging new products, services and processes, as well as addressing sector-wide challenges, is at the heart of what we do and can lead to positive impacts on Scotland’s economy, environmental sustainability and health.”
The funding awarded to each project will be matched by the businesses in kind or in cash.