A University of St Andrews initiative which will enable research and innovation into climate change, coastal ecology, clean energy and low carbon is one of four projects in the region which will benefit from a UK Government funding boost.
The money, announced on Friday (25 October), is part of the UK Government’s £150 million commitment to the Tay Cities Deal. The £3 million was originally allocated to acquire the RM Condor Airfield. Following the positive news earlier this year that the MoD is to retain the airfield, this money will now be reinvested in full to fund four projects in Tayside.
One of the projects to be supported by the new funding is the Stretch Dome Simulator at the University of St Andrews Eden Campus. A world-leading environmental and energy demonstrator facility, the simulator gives scientists the ability to test theories and generate solutions in the areas of climate change, clean energy, low carbon, food security, advanced materials, coastal ecology, marine mammals and underwater acoustics.
The project is to receive £300,000 – funding which comes on top of an existing £24.5 million investment from the UK Government in the Eden Campus as part of the Tay Cities Deal.
The new funding will also support three other initiatives in the Tay Cities Region:
- £1.6 million for Aero Space Kinross to develop a year-round visitor attraction;
- £1 million to establish the Crieff International Highland Centre;
- £100,000 to develop the heritage and cultural experience at Innerpeffray Library.