Four collaborative projects have been successful with their entries in Interface’s multiparty competition this summer.
Tourism businesses offering ‘slow adventures’ in the Highlands and Islands have won £5,000, and visitor attraction experiences for seniors have won almost £10,000 to work with academic expertise for research and development projects.
Meanwhile, the food & drink industry was awarded £10,000 for two separate projects; one looking to improve diagnostic testing of tuberculosis in deer, and the other into the effect of volcanic rock dust fertiliser on the fledgling Scottish honeyberry growing industry.
Interface, the expert matchmaker of businesses and academics for research and development projects, awarded the funding for the four projects as a result of a competition to encourage multiparty collaborations.
Suzanne Dawson, Head of Sector Engagement at Interface, said:
“These four projects were chosen by our panel of judges as they have the potential to not only benefit the groups of businesses and the academic institutes directly involved but also the wider food & drink and tourism sectors.
“Encouraging new products, services and processes is at the heart of what we do and can lead to positive impacts on Scotland’s economy, both in cities and rural areas.
“We look forward to hearing how these projects develop and enable Scottish businesses to be more competitive in national and global markets as they work in partnership with like-minded businesses and our world-leading academics."
Interface is about to launch a second round of its multiparty competition, on 12 September 2017, inviting more groups of businesses who are working with academics in the creative industries, tourism and food & drink sectors, to submit their project proposals.
The competition is to drive innovation in each sector and create impacts for the companies involved and for the wider economy.