The research priorities for several of our key policy stakeholders are outlined below. We refer to “policy stakeholders” as Defra, Marine Scotland, and their equivalents in the Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.
A number of policy delivery bodies have also provided their research priorities:
- Marine Management Organisation research priorities
- Scottish Natural Heritage research priorities
- Natural England research priorities
Central to the SMMR Programme is interactions between academic disciplines and policy stakeholders.
To help with partnership development, the SMMR programme introduced a facilitation process led by the SMMR Programme Champions, to support interdisciplinary and stakeholder connections.
Due to a high volume of interest in Policy engagement and to ensure fairness and consistency as proposals are developed, all policy stakeholder engagement for the SMMR Programme is coordinated by the SMMR Programme Champions.
Policy stakeholders will, by definition, have privileged access to information about the SMMR Programme and it would therefore not be appropriate for policy stakeholders to be named on projects (with the exception of Project Steering Group membership) whilst at the same time setting policy requirements.
Please contact the SMMR Programme Champions if you have any questions.