NICRE and the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University are involved in a major European project that aims to empower rural women.
Grass Ceiling, a €2.8m project funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe programme, plans to increase the number of socio-ecological innovations led by women in agriculture, the rural economy and rural communities.
NICRE and CRE are leading the UK ‘Living Lab’ in Scotland, aimed at rural women innovators, which is one of nine being set up in countries across Europe.
In partnership with the Scottish Crofting Federation, the Lab is exploring attitudes to innovation in the Highlands and Islands area, providing women with a set of tools to support their ideas and drive future innovations across a three-year programme of support.
The Lab was launched at the 2023 Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh where it was supported by George Burgess, the Scottish Government's Interim Director of Agriculture and Rural Economy.