Apply for between £75,000 and £250,000 to test the feasibility of 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 £5 million
Opens: 18th 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 among ‘traditional’ farming sectors.
The aim of this competition is to help by ensuring solutions are driven by the needs of end users and that the best research and innovation addresses their needs.
Your project must accelerate the development of new, early stage solutions that address industry identified problems, by evaluating their potential in a commercial environment. The objective will be to enable decisions to be made quickly on whether the solution should be developed further and, if so, inform its future development.
Your project must:
To enable projects to have the maximum impact possible, Innovate UK will work across projects to co-ordinate:
Your project can focus one or more agricultural sectors, including, but not limited to:
Innovate UK are not funding:
To lead a project your organisation must:
Feasibility studies led by a research organisation must collaborate with at least one business.
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
You must work with end-users to evaluate the potential of solutions.
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.
Innovate UK expect to spend up to £5 million funding projects in this competition.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £75,000 and £250,000.
Projects must start by 26 August 2020 and end by 28 February 2022. They can last between 6 and 18 months.
For exceptional feasibility study projects, Innovate UK may consider total eligible costs greater than £250,000. If you are considering this, you must provide justification by email to email@example.com at least 6 weeks before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.
For feasibility studies, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.