James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute (JHI) is an interdisciplinary scientific research institute in Scotland established in 2011, through the merger of Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. The institute, named after Scottish geologist James Hutton, one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, combines existing Scottish expertise in agricultural research, soils and land use, and will make contributions to issues including food and energy security, biodiversity, and climate change. With more than 600 employees, the new institute is among the largest research centres in the UK. The Institute has its main offices in Aberdeen and Dundee with farms and field research stations at Glensaugh, Hartwood and Balruddery. The Dundee site also hosts the Plant Sciences department of the University of Dundee. JHI is a Main Research Provider for the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Research and Analytical Services Division (RESAS).
Dundee | GB


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Remit: Scotland Europa promotes Scottish interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe’s regions and nations. Scotland Europa membership brings together a wide range of Scottish organisations, including public authorities, businesses, local government, trade unions and education and voluntary organisations. This diverse partnership gives us a variety of perspectives on Scottish interests in Europe and an influential voice in European affairs. With experienced and specialised staff based in Brussels and Scotland, Scotland Europa fosters strong links between Scotland and Europe, providing intelligence, policy analysis and strategic funding advice.

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Remit: The Bio-based Industries Consortium is the private partner in the €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership on Bio-based Industries with the EU. BIC represents the private sector in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the EU, represented by the European Commission, known as the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), established in June 2014 as one of the pillars of the European Commission Bioeconomy Strategy.


Industrial Innovation, Environment, Circular Economy, Frontier Research


The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It supports the competitiveness, growth and sustainability of EU's enterprises, in particular SMEs, and promoting entrepreneurship. To reach this, the programme eases SME's access to finance by providing loan guarantees and risk-capital, facilitates access to new markets inside and outside the EU and improves the framework conditions for businesses, e.g. by reducing the administrative burden on SMEs.
Securing Europes global competitiveness, strengthening its position in science and its industrial leadership in innovation by providing major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs. The programme aims at tackling societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market. Horizon 2020 is designed to be a different kind of EU research programme - funding the entire value creation chain from fundamental research through to market innovation, and with drastically less red tape.
European Structural Funds provide EU Member States and regions with assistance to overcome structural deficiencies and to enable them to strengthen competitiveness and increase employment. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for Structural Funds in Scotland and has overall responsibility for supervising the implementation; ongoing management; and effectiveness of the programmes. In the period from 2014-20, Scotland will focus the Structural Funds on achieving structural reforms which facilitate sustainable economic growth. As EU Funds are deployed alongside significantly greater national resources, efforts will focus on quite specific niche investments which would not otherwise take place, or not to the same scale and timeframes, without Structural Funds. Deliberate efforts to create alignment between all EU Funds deployed in Scotland should ensure that the funds act together to support growth and jobs.
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA)2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries; the Member States of Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) in cooperation with the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. This means that the programme area encompasses the Euro-Arctic zone, parts of the Atlantic zone and parts of the Barents region, neighbouring on Canada in the West and Russia in the East.
The Programme aims to embed greater cooperation in working practices across the North Sea Region (NSR) as a way of tackling joint challenges, pooling expertise and building lasting links between businesses and institutions throughout the NSR. The North Sea Region (NSR) comprises the whole of Norway and Denmark, the eastern parts of the United Kingdom, three provinces of the Flemish Region of Belgium, the north western regions of Germany, the northern and western parts of the Netherlands and the south western area of Sweden. All regions are on or close to the coast of the North Sea itself. The NSR covers an area of some 664,000 km2 and approximately 60 million people.
The Interreg VB North West Europe (NWE) programme is a transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme and is one of the European Cohesion Policy instruments funded by the European Commission. It is designed to strengthen territorial cohesion within the NWE area by reducing imbalances among the regions. The NWE programme funds activities based on the cooperation of partners from eight countries: Ireland, the Untied Kingdom, Belgium, and Luxembourg, parts of France, Germany and the Netherlands as well as the non-EU member state Switzerland. The area has a population of about 180 million people living in the eligible area of 845 000 km². The ambition defined by the Member States for the NWE area is: “To be a key economic player in the world and create an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion”
INTERREG EUROPE is one of the instruments for the implementation of the EU’s cohesion policy. With this policy, the EU pursues harmonious development across the Union by strengthening its economic, social and territorial cohesion to stimulate growth in the EU regions and Member States. The policy aims to reduce existing disparities between EU regions in terms of their economic and social development and environmental sustainability, taking into account their specific territorial features and opportunities. For the 2014-2020 funding period, cohesion policy concentrates on supporting the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. To reinforce the effectiveness of cohesion policy, the INTERREG EUROPE programme promotes exchange of experience on thematic objectives among partners throughout the Union on the identification and dissemination of good practice with a view to its transfer principally to operational programmes under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal but also, where relevant, to programmes under European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) goal. This will be done via the support and facilitation of policy learning, sharing of knowledge and transfer of good practices between regional and local authorities and other actors of regional relevance. The programme covers the whole territory of the European Union (EU) and Norway and Switzerland. The overall objective is defined for the INTERREG EUROPE programme: To improve the implementation of policies and programmes for regional development, principally of programmes under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal and, where relevant, of programmes under the ETC goal, by promoting exchange of experience and policy learning among actors of regional relevance.
The new Programme, through its transnational cooperation activities will contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion. It seeks to respond to this strategy and objectives by choosing Priorities for cooperation (Priority Axes) and Specific Objectives attainable and able to generate measurable results or change on the Atlantic Area territory.
Direct Payments form an important part of the rural economy, providing income support to farmers, encouraging environmental benefits and bringing security and stability to Scotland’s food production chain. They are paid to everyone who qualifies and farmers, crofters and land owners do not compete for funding, as is the case with Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) payments. Direct Payments provide steady income to farmers, mean farmers aren’t solely dependent on food prices and brings security and stability to the farming sector.
The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) channels millions of pounds into the rural economy. It will help create vibrant rural communitries, protect and enhance our environment, support rural businesses, and help the farming industry to grow and modernise. Funding is used for a diverse range of projects by individuals, businesses and groups through grant schemes.
The EMFF is the fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020. The EMFF is one of the 5 European Structural and Investment which complement each other and seek to deliver growth and jobs based recovery in the EU. The Fund replaces the EFF and is the fund to support maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020.It operates through programmes administered through the Member States of the EU, though the European Commission also occasionally runs calls for EU wide projects. The EMFF is structured around 4 pillars but in addition to the four pillars, the EMFF will include accompanying measure including data collection and scientific advice, control sustainability of fisheries markets and technical assistance.