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Discover the 2020-2021 Interface Annual Review in a new interactive format which showcases the outcomes and impacts from a very busy 12 months. 

Key Stats May 2022

Now in its sixteenth year of operating, Interface’s success story is reflected in the following:

  • 6,182 business-led expertise searches sent to academic partners
  • Facilitated 3,368 business-academic discussions
  • 3,074 collaborative business-academic projects initiated
  • 97% of businesses said that their project would either not have happened or taken longer without support from Interface
  • 92% of expertise searches identified capability and capacity within partner universities, research institutes and colleges for consideration by the companies
  • 83% of businesses recorded reduced operating costs, increased productivity, profits, export, turnover and new or safeguarded employment 
  • 71% of first-time company/university collaborations involved companies seeking expertise in a discipline different to their own business sector

The contribution to the Scottish economy from research and development projects between businesses and academics enabled by Interface was £88.9m GVA, and supported 1,595 jobs, with expectations to reach £222.3 million GVA (gross value added) and 3,193 jobs.

  • Interface is crucial to Scotland’s economic resilience
  • Interface’s place-based approach means that all rural and urban businesses and communities can access innovation support
  • Interface delivers right across Scottish Government priorities including health, environment, communities, education, young people, and international development
  • Interface brokers projects that deliver short term impacts, e.g. responding to COVID-19, as well as contributing to longer term targets, like net zero
  • 75% of businesses have ongoing relationships with universities through Interface’s service
  • The Interface team creates enduring and effective R&D relationships between businesses and universities 
  • The Interface team are effective, knowledgeable and build trust with businesses
  • 85% of businesses felt their projects had the potential to transform lives either locally, nationally or internationally
  • 100% satisfaction with Interface service