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Opportunity profile: Tapping the potential for better beer

The Brewers' Research and Education Fund supports research and education projects of interest to the UK brewing industry. Steven Livens is product assurance and supply-chain policy manager for the British Beer and Pub Association, which manages the fund. He tells James Field about the fund’s surprisingly wide remit.

Grants from the Brewers’ Research and Education Fund total £75,000 to £100,000 a year, depending on how well the fund’s low-risk investment portfolio is doing. Applicants can make a case for any amount of money they want.

Projects are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decision-makers are mindful that longer-term projects have to be rolled into the budget of successive years and reporting requirements are different. A one-year project entails a grant being awarded, the work being done, and the final report being handed in. For a multiple-year project the committee will want regular reports and proof of progress. However, there is no preference for short-term projects over longer ones.

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