The funding council has a special pound;3 million chest from which it disburses sums each year to stimulate collaborative ventures.
Fife and Glenrothes colleges were given pound;325,000 to support initiatives such as a shared engineering centre, improving the range of programmes and anticipating the needs of local industry. The colleges estimate they have saved pound;185,000 a yer by cutting staff costs and integrating delivery.
A pound;560,000 package has helped Falkirk, Bell, Fife and James Watt to create the Scottish Colleges Biotechnology Consortium.
The Scottish Microelectronics Skills Consortium was given pound;211,000 to develop four centres of excellence in a shared venture involving James Watt, West Lothian, Bell and Lauder.