EU Funding

EU funding comes to Scotland through European Structural Funds, Common Agricultural Policy direct payments and through winning competitive funding because of our expertise.

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  • €1.9 billion – The funding package for Scotland in 2014-2020 (€985 million of European Regional and Social Funding, matched by Scottish Government and partner funding) which will support the aspiration to deliver sustainable economic growth for all in Scotland.
  • €844 million of the total funding package is the EU’s contribution to Scotland’s Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020. SRDP is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Scottish Government. Some 95% of Scotland’s land area is classed as rural and the SRDP will support farming and forestry sectors and help develop and sustain vibrant communities, including support for small rural businesses and broadband. It will also further utilise, protect and improve Scotland’s natural environment and heritage as well as help to address the impact of climate change.
  • €3.5 billion – The amount of Common Agricultural Policy direct payments that Scotland will receive between 2014 and 2020. These payments to farmers are entirely funded through the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and serve many purposes. They help farmers not just to produce food, but also to protect the environment, improve animal welfare and sustain viable communities.
  • €572 million – The total amount of competitive funding won by Scottish universities between 2007 and 2014 – almost 1.3% of the research funding programme for the whole of the EU. This has boosted the quality of research, benefited the economy and helped Scottish academics to tap into a continent-wide pool of knowledge.