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

Up to £30,000 on offer from Interface for collaborative creative industries, food and drink and tourism projects   

Those operating in the food and drink, tourism or creative industries could be in with a chance of landing up to £30k worth of business support thanks to the latest round of the Interface Multiparty Competition launched this afternoon (Tuesday, 12 September) in Edinburgh.
Businesses across the three industry sectors are being invited to team up with academic experts and submit their proposals for new research and development projects which could have the potential to transform industries. 
Interface says it’s also looking for firms already collaborating with Scottish universities to be considered for the funding of between £5,000 and £10,000.
Head of Sector Relationships Suzanne Dawson said: “Creative industries, tourism and food and drink are key sectors in Scotland, as highlighted in the 2017-18 Programme for Government.
“This multiparty competition aims to drive innovation in each sector and create impacts for the companies involved, academic institutions, the wider economy and society.
“This is our second round of funding for multiparty collaborations in these sectors and  provides a fantastic opportunity to jointly research and develop new products, processes or services which could bring benefits such as job security in rural areas or the ability to target new international markets.”
Interface says applications should not only demonstrate innovation, but how the project will add value and transformational impact to the sector as a whole.
One of the winning entries from the last round of the competition was the alliance between Camera Obscura, National Museums Scotland and Edinburgh Napier and Heriot Watt universities, which came together to carry out research to develop a programme to attract and engage the older generation at visitor attractions.
Groups which have identified an appropriate issue or challenge but which are not yet linked with an academic partner can contact Howell@interface-online.org.uk for help to connect with academic experts in Scotland.
Applications and any queries about the competition should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, 7 November, 2017, to applications@interface-online.org.uk
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