UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.
Award: Share of up to £8 million
Opens: 20th Feb 2023
Closes: 19th Apr 2023
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will invest up to £8 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 and experimental development projects that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.
Your solutions or project outputs must significantly improve:
Businesses within a supply chain, are encouraged to come together as a partnership to solve major challenges or opportunities.
Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will:
Your project must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the industry subsectors below:
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:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK based farmer, grower or forester, or a UK registered:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
A business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.
If an organisation is not leading any application, it can collaborate in any number of applications.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Defra are not funding projects that are:
Defra cannot fund projects that are:
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has allocated up to £8 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Defra will be working in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Transforming Food Production Challenge. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
For this competition a minimum of 50% of any grant that is requested by farmers, or growers or foresters in your application, must be allocated to farmers, or growers or foresters based in England.
If 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 but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, 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. Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.