UK businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from DFID for projects with partners in eligible African countries.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £3 million
Opens: 28th Aug 2018
Closes: 21st Nov 2018
There is up to £3 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) for early-stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries.
The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of development and scale of uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation in Africa by:
Your project’s innovations must:
The scope of the Catalyst includes:
Your application must demonstrate how your project will contribute to international development outcomes, specifically enhanced food and nutrition security, and welfare of the poor in urban and rural areas.
The following are priorities for DFID funding. You could consider focusing on one or more themes:
In view of the overseas nature of this funding Innovate UK is imposing some additional assurance requirements:
Innovate UK and DFID reserve the right to refuse funding to projects in areas where our risk-based considerations find that the cost of due diligence and monitoring requirements outweigh the potential benefits of funding.
Early stage feasibility studies: £100,000 to £500,000, 12 to 18 months. Mid stage industrial research: £250,000 to £1 million, up to 3 years. Late stage experimental development: £150,000 to £800,000, up to 18 months. Projects must start by 1 April 2019.
For early-stage feasibility studies, and mid-stage industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For late-stage experimental development projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
They will not fund projects that cover: