A major grants fund for scientific research and education in the brewing industry has begun inviting applications for funding in 2019/20.

Under the Brewers’ Research and Education Fund (BREF), applicants have just under three months to submit their bids, with a deadline for funding applications of March 31. Full details of the applications process can be obtained via the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) website.

BBPAThe BREF supports vital research into projects of potential benefit to the brewing industry, such as improving breweries’ environmental footprint, dispense hygiene surveys, and developing new hop varieties, as well as a range of educational activities.

The fund was created through proceeds from the sale of the BBPA’s original headquarters in Portman Square, central London. The Worshipful Company of Brewers acts as trustee and administers the fund, with the BBPA promoting the fund and providing the secretariat.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “The Brewers’ Research and Education Fund has supported many important projects over the years, and is an important legacy from the Brewers’ Society and the Institute of Brewing. I’m delighted the fund is open for another year and look forward to receiving applications.”

Michael O’Dwyer, clerk to the Brewers’ Company, added: “The Brewers’ Research and Education Fund is a great example of the Brewers’ Company’s focus on investing in the future of the brewing industry.

“As the trustee of the fund, the Brewers’ Company looks forward to awarding grants to another selection of valuable industry research projects and the opportunity to further education in beer and brewing.”

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