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Economic Evaluation of FPS and AFQ LINK Programmes - ER02027

LINK is a government wide scheme set up to accelerate the exploitation of university based research. Through these Programmes, sponsors have sought to enhance research investment by food manufacturers and to stimulate collaborative working. This represents a cultural change in an industry where research investment has traditionally been low and collaboration not widespread.

The Food Processing Sciences (FPS) LINK Programme started in 1988 and the Agro Food Quality (AFQ) Programme started in 1990. Some 70 projects have to date been funded under the two food LINK Programmes, representing a total grant commitment by the joint sponsors of £18 million.

This research project will comprise an evaluation FPS and AFO LINK Programmes to consider whether and to what extent:
• the programme objectives for each of the programmes have been achieved;
• the LINK programme has been a cost effective mechanism for implementing
MAFF Policy Objectives; and
• the Policy Objectives held by MAFF are still valid.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1996

To: 1997

Cost: £45,250
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Public and Corporate Economic Consultant
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Agro Food Quality              
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Food Processing Sciences              
LINK Programme              
Other Policy