The Scottish Government is investing around £250 million over 2016-2021 on a portfolio of strategic research across environment, food, agriculture and land. This investment is one of the largest for agri-environment research and development in the UK while there is no equivalent portfolio delivering multidisciplinary and, increasingly, interdisciplinary research.
The majority of the research is delivered by the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI). This consortium is comprised of six research institutes, each with their own global capability, expertise and reputation.
These six institutes are:
- Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
- The James Hutton Institute
- Moredun Research Institute
- The Rowett Institute
- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
- Scotland’s Rural College
SEFARI was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on 29 March 2017.
SEFARI collaborates and coordinates with the Scottish Centres of Expertise. These Centres work at the interface between policy and research, and provide responsive work on issues related to climate, water, animal disease outbreaks and plant health.
The SEFARI Gateway is the knowledge exchange and impact hub for SEFARI. The Gateway adds value to all of this work by improving the flow of research and expertise, ensuring it gets to the right people, at the right time, in the right format.
The portfolio also supports the interpretation of scientific information for policy, invests in training our next generation of scientists, maintains integral research infrastructure and underpins strategic alliances with others. This ensures the greatest possible impact of Scotland's research and expertise across the world.