Apply for between £400,000 and £4 million to demonstrate solutions that can transform food production 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 £10 million
Opens: 11th Nov 2019
Closes: 26th Feb 2020
There is often a lack of connection between those developing new solutions (in research organisations or technology sectors) and end users such as farmers, agronomists, vets and the wider supply chain. This is a significant barrier to the use of new precision agriculture solutions amongst ‘traditional’ farming sectors.
The aim of this competition is to help by ensuring solutions are driven by the needs of end users and the best research and innovation addresses these needs.
Your project must focus on the development of precision, data-driven solutions and systems. These must make a significant step towards net zero emissions and improved resource use efficiency for food production, while also improving productivity of the sector.
Your project must accelerate the adoption of new, integrated solutions and projects. It must also focus on combinations of technologies to improve production systems rather than the demonstration of individual technologies.
Your project must:
Your project must:
To enable projects to have the maximum impact possible, Innovate UK will work across projects to co-ordinate:
You must take part in these co-ordination activities.
You are strongly encouraged to work with one or more existing demonstration platforms, networks or supplier groups, rather than developing new entities in this area.
Your project can focus one or more agricultural sectors, including, but not limited to:
To lead a project your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
Your project team must include at least one organisation with proven knowledge exchange and demonstration capability and experience.
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
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 £10 million has been allocated to funding innovation projects in this competition.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £400,000 and £4 million.
For exceptional demonstration projects, Innovate UK may consider total eligible costs greater than £4 million. If you are considering this, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 6 weeks before the competition closes. A decision will then be made whether to approve your request.
Projects must start by 26 August 2020 and end by 31 March 2023. They can last up to 30 months.
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:
For demonstration projects 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.
Innovate UK are not funding: