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17th January 2019

Research & Education Fund opens applications for 2019

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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 & Education Fund (BREF), applicants have just under two months to submit their bids, with a deadline for funding applications of 31st March 2019. Full details of the applications process can be obtained via the British Beer & Pub Association website.

The BREF supports vital research into projects of potential benefit to the brewing industry, such as improving brewery 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 British Beer & Pub Association, comments:

“The Brewers’ Research & 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, The Clerk to the Brewers’ Company, comments:

“The Brewers’ Research & 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.”


For further information, please contact:

Nick Lawrie, Digital Communications Manager: 020 7627 9156/ 07824 359 013

David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs: 020 7627 9151/ 07557 405 815

Adam Beazley, Communications & Campaigns Officer: 020 7627 9155 / 07507 836 708

How to apply

Fully completed application forms (available on the BBPA website) should be sent to Stephen Livens at the British Beer & Pub Association, preferably by e-mail to

The BREF Advisory Committee will review all applications before making a recommendation to the Trustee. Therefore, applicants should ensure that they provide sufficient information for the Committee to fully understand the scope of the proposed project, including details of specific outcomes and how these will benefit the UK brewing sector.

The outcomes of the project should also be clearly supported with details not only of the particular fund objective(s) that are satisfied but also on the anticipated importance, scale and impact of such outcomes.

Applications which are not fully completed or do not contain sufficient detail or clarity will be at a disadvantage in the decision-making process.

BREF objectives

As well as taking full account of the BREF terms & conditions (available here), applicants must also ensure that each submitted application fully articulates how the project will satisfy at least one of the Fund objectives:

  • To promote brewing education, training and research.
  • To research and educate the public about beer consumption.
  • To research the composition and nutritional value of beer in relation to diet and wellbeing.
  • To promote research relating to the environmental and economic sustainability of the brewing sector.


Applications must be received by March 31st 2019. The Fund Advisory Committee will not consider applications received thereafter.

To visit the applications page on the BBPA website, which contains all the details needed to apply for BREF funding, see here.