The aim of this competition is to increase the pace and scale of uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £650k
Opens: 11th Jul 2016
Closes: 1st Feb 2017
The objective of the late stage experimental development awards is to fund research and development (R&D) that requires a short period of further study after embarking on a larger R&D project. The larger project may have been publicly funded or have been undertaken privately.
These awards will allow applicants to trial innovative ideas in a real-life environment prior to large-scale deployment through:
We expect that all projects will be based on significant prior research where the feasibility has already been demonstrated. Examples of project work in this late-stage award category can include projects looking to achieve first tests in a real-life environment (eg field trial setting) to measure commercial potential (crop or livestock as appropriate).
In addition, projects can trial and test technologies in the external environment. Here projects can investigate product safety and effectiveness to the validation of the final product design and production of final prototype. In some cases we may support early adoption studies.
Projects may include work to support the overall usage of existing knowledge and skills to produce plans and arrangements, or designs, for new, altered or improved products, processes or services.