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Annual Reports

Annual Reports

Our reports and topic-focused leaflets illustrate how Scottish Government-funded research is leading the way within Scotland, the UK and globally. 

 Our latest leaflet provides a snapshot of projects protecting and enhancing Scotland’s biodiversity. 

Examples include mapping capercaillie in the Cairngorms National Park, protecting natterjack toads in the Solway Firth, producing indicators for monitoring Scotland’s environmental health, delivering public environmental benefits in upland areas of the Highlands and empowering local communities to connect with nature.

We have also produced a leaflet on our water-related research which provides summaries of some of these projects ranging across topics, such as sustaining cool river temperatures, restoration activities within the River Dee catchment area, new approaches to detect sources of river sediments, measuring emerging river contaminants, and the waterborne transmission of the parasite Toxoplasma gondi.

Our Spotlight reports provide an annual 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 2011-20122012-20132013-20142015-20162016-2017 and 2017-2018.



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.