Our 2018 annual report illustrates how our research is leading ideas within Scotland, the UK and globally. It highlights significant scientific activities and impacts from the second year of the current five-year Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 (SRP). This represents an annual investment of around £32 million on strategic research for Scotland’s environment, food, farming, rural economy and communities.
We have produced two versions of our 2018 annual report. The first version is our “Spotlight on SEFARI,” a short, plain English summary written for a general audience. The second report is a technical summary written for the Strategic Advisory Board, which oversees all scientific activities and impact for the SRP. This report is, therefore, intended for readers with an existing and more detailed understanding of the SRP.
Spotlight on SEFARI provides a snapshot of our extensive range of policy, practice and innovation impacts. Amongst the research covered in this edition are examples related, but not limited to, safeguarding plant and animal health, making Scotland’s food and drink sector more resilient, improving human health and nutrition, and protecting Scotland’s vital natural resources. You can also read Spotlights for the years 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
The technical report is structured by three themes: Natural Assets, Productive and Sustainable Land Management and Rural Economies, and Food, Health and Wellbeing. Each Theme contains four Work Packages which in turn contain a number of Research Deliverables. The report provides a brief summary of the major achievements delivered across each of these research deliverables.
Our research is made possible by mid to long-term investment in areas of research which are challenging, complex, and yet have the potential to result in major benefits for Scotland, UK and globally. The economic benefits of the of the previous five year (2011-2016) strategic research programme have been estimated in a recent impact assessment. SEFARI is demonstrably delivering both direct and indirect benefits; but it is likely that the real impact from these examples will manifest considerably beyond this funding cycle.