Research and development is an area in which the EU and member states cooperate in order to develop a more effective policy. Scottish universities, which have been a source of national pride for centuries, have flourished in this framework.Read more
Scotland's universities have received huge amounts of EU funding (far more than our population share alone would entitle us to) because of the excellence of our scientific research. Just one example is that within the last five years, the Human Genetics Unit and Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh has been awarded, or collaborated in, European grants with a value of €15.9 million. These have been used to investigate melanoma (skin cancer), gene regulation and novel drug development. EU funding is helping Scottish scientists to continue Scotland’s tradition of world-leading research into public health.
Access to such funding is clearly of major benefit and encourages international collaboration which would not be as effective if Scotland were to withdraw from the EU. For more information click here.
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Since January 2014 Scottish universities successfully secured over €110 million from the EU funded Horizon 2020 research programme. Between 2007 and 2014, Scottish organisations secured €572 million to support Scotland's world leading science.
Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) is a discretionary grant which gives Scottish companies another potential source of funding for investment. In total since 2010 over £95 million of RSA were accepted by SMEs in Scotland.
Since 2010 RSA grants have helped to either maintain or generate more than 20,000 jobs across Scotland. That firms have multiple avenues of funding is a positive feature that performs an important role in generating and supporting Scottish jobs.
WEST Brewery in Glasgow ; Natural Power Consultants Limited ; Glencairn Crystal  Firefish Software .
 See Scottish Enterprise for more details.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is Europe’s long-term lending institution and provides funding on top of the EU budget (to be clear, funding from the EIB is in the form of loans). EIB funding goes directly to the Scottish Government on a project by project basis, and allows greater flexibility in investment decisions. The SNP Government has had huge success in using EIB funding in order to turn Scotland away from the ruinously expensive PPP/PFI (Public Private Partnership/Private Finance Initiative) projects, delivering much-needed capital investments to get us through the recession, and delivering more value to the Scottish taxpayer.
- In February 2014 the EIB agreed to loan £175 million towards upgrading the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
- In 2015, £109 million was authorised for the construction of a new District and General Hospital in Dumfries and a further £83 million for the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
 For further information on Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) vs Public Private Partnership/Private Finance Initiative (PPP/PFI) see: ‘Statistical information relating to NPD and PPP/PFI projects in Scotland’, The Scottish Government, 17 December 2014.
EU investment in Scottish jobs and skills.
The EU is about far more than just money, but Scotland does well out of EU funding! The EU also gives devolved administrations such as the Scottish Government access to substantial amounts of capital funding in their own right. For example, the EU will provide almost €1 billion (£790 million) in structural funds to Scotland over the next six years.
The majority of EU funding will support:
- Offshore wind capacity
- Transport infrastructure investment
- Wave and tidal energy production
- Marine bio-sciences
The co-ordination of such investment with our partners in Europe not only helps to increase efficiency across the continent but also gives more flexibility opportunities for Scotland’s government, universities and companies. In a period during which the UK government is so unrepresentative of what the people of Scotland voted for, this is a huge bonus.
More information on projects funded by the EU in Scotland can be found on the EU Regional Policy Website (click here).
Examples of this include funding the recently completed ISLES project. This was funded through European Territorial Cooperation (INTERREG) and will help to develop an offshore electricity network between Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. More information about this project can be found by clicking here.
 ‘EU to invest over 1 billion euro in Scotland for research, innovation and a resource-efficient economy’, European Commission Statement, 11 December 2014. This story was also covered in the Scottish national press: ‘Scotland to benefit from £775m Euro funding over next six years’, The Herald, 19 December 2014.
Beyond these major bodies, there are a host of other smaller institutions which run various aspects of the EU. These range from the Committee of the Regions which gives local government (including Scottish councils) a voice in Brussels, to the European Investment Bank which lends to capital infrastructure projects (such as hospitals in Scotland).
For the common market to function, many of these structures are not only desirable, but necessary. In fact, if you were to design a system to regulate a common market from scratch it would probably look remarkably similar to the EU!
There are of course a host of smaller bodies, more details of which can be found by clicking here.