UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million from the Farming Futures R&D Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £12.5 million
Opens: 30th Mar 2022
Closes: 18th May 2022
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will work with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £12.5 million in innovation projects.
This funding is part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme which is delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge.
The aim of this competition is to fund industrial research studies developing ambitious new solutions reducing farming emissions and adapting to a changing climate. These must address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.
Your solutions must address the priority areas identified by Defra for reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate, and significantly improve:
You must reflect the societal impact of the proposed solution and include clear deliverables in measuring the specific emissions being addressed. You must demonstrate the impact and ability to manage the solution.
Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
Your project must focus on solutions to reduce emissions in existing agricultural practices or enhance resilience to climate change in one or more of the four industry subsectors:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
If your application is successful in this EoI stage, you will be invited to apply for a full stage competition. In the full stage you must collaborate with other eligible grant claiming partners.
Your full stage project must:
To lead a project your organisation must be:
If the lead organisation is an academic institution or an RTO it must collaborate with at least 1 UK registered business of any size.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK business of any size or a UK registered:
Defra and UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge have allocated up to £12.5 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
If the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.