UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £5.5million for feasibility projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £5.5 million
Opens: 20th Oct 2021
Closes: 1st Dec 2021
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will work with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £5.5million 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 feasibility studies investigating new solutions that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.
Your solutions must significantly improve:
Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
We aim to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, industry sectors, technological maturities and business size.
Your project must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the four industry subsectors below:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that are:
Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:
If your application is successful, any awards given to primary agricultural producers are subject to the green box exemption under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.
Please see further guidance on green box subsidies WTO Guidance for support in Agriculture. Applicants receiving this type of support must ensure that there is minimal to no distortion of trade and comply with the requirements of Annex 2 of the Agriculture Agreement
Your project must:
To lead a project, your organisation must:
Academic institutions and research organisations cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK business of any size or a UK registered:
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Defra and UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge have allocated up to £5.5million 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 feasibility studies, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of: