£30k up for grabs for creative, food and drink and tourism projects

Interface Multiparty Competition – collaborative partners wanted

Edinburgh-based Interface is on the look-out for business-academic partnerships whose work could benefit an entire industry or result in new products, processes and services.
The organisation, which matches businesses and academics, has £30,000 up for grabs for collaborations within the creative, food and drink, and tourism industries. It has launched a competition for groups or consortia of four or more people, one of which must be an academic from a Scottish university, college or research institution, to win a share of the funding.
The four awards available are:
2 x £10,000 awards – open to tourism groups
2 x £5,000 awards – open to creative industries, food and drink, and tourism groups.
Suzanne Dawson, Head of Sector Relationships at Interface, said: “This competition is a fantastic opportunity for groups of businesses to enable change which could bring benefit throughout their industry by working with Scotland’s academic expertise, which is renowned for its ability to tackle real-life business challenges.
“We want to enable businesses to be more competitive in national and global markets working in partnership with like-minded businesses and our world-leading academics.”
Applications should not only demonstrate innovation but how the project will add value and impact to the sector as a whole.
Proposed projects could tackle issues such as sustainability, manufacturing process and efficiency, inclusion, diet and nutrition or destination development, but Interface says all applications will be welcomed.
The deadline for initial applications, which will be judged by an external evaluation panel, is Tuesday, 30 May 2017.
The funding will be awarded to each project with the businesses matching the award in kind or in cash. 
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