Apply for a share of up to £20 million to transform food production systems, improve productivity and sustainability, and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £20 million
Opens: 17th Sep 2019
Closes: 24th Jan 2020
Up to £20 million of grant funding is available for projects that disrupt the traditional land-based models of food production.
The scope for this competition is broad. Innovate UK are looking for large scale, ambitious, integrated and data-driven solutions that can help move UK food production towards a sustainable and productive, net-zero emissions future.
Your project must aim to determine the transformation of future food production systems. It must be ambitious, multidisciplinary and systems-focused rather than dedicated to developing a single technology.
Projects funded under this competition must address one of the following:
You must show how your project will:
This competition’s funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Projects must align with specific objectives 1 and 3 of the Transforming Food Production challenge.
The challenge’s specific objectives are to:
Possible project areas could include, but are not limited to:
To lead a project your organisation must:
Research organisations cannot lead a project.
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding and enter their costs as part of the application.
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 eligible project costs.
Up to £20 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be greater than £1 million but less than £10 million.
Projects must start by 1 July 2020 and end by 31 March 2023. They can last between 24 and 33 months.
Innovate UK are not funding projects involving: