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The Scottish Government has committed up to £500,000 to fund new business and academic partnerships to tackle climate change and assist Scotland’s transition to a net-zero emissions economy.

The funding, which will be administered by the Scottish Funding Council, is an immediate response to the First Minister’s recent declaration of a global climate emergency, and is aimed at project partnerships that can bridge technological innovation with societal and consumer behavioural change.

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to responding to the global climate emergency and to taking advantage of the opportunities a greener, more sustainable economy will create, as we work towards our target of net-zero emissions by 2045.

“We know this is a multi-faceted challenge requiring thinking beyond and across traditional disciplines. That’s why I’m delighted to launch this new fund to bring together our brightest minds across business and academia to enable Scotland to continue to lead the way in tackling climate change”.

SFC is now seeking innovative proposals demonstrating how partnerships will urgently respond to the change in pace in tackling climate change, and accelerate the transition of the Scottish economy to net-zero.

SFC Chief Executive Karen Watt said:

“With its innovative college and university sectors, Scotland is well placed to seize the economic advantages of leading the world to net-zero, and we encourage all institutions to consider how their specialist expertise could be matched with business to create local and international impact. We also welcome proposals including social or not-for-profit enterprises, and look forward to receiving innovative funding proposals from the sector.”

Funding proposals must be submitted by 24 October 2019.

For more details, please see the Announcement Climate Emergency Collaboration Challenge – Call for Proposals.