UK businesses with Canadian business partners can apply for a share of up to £2 million, from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, for innovative projects that enhance productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 27th Jan 2020
Closes: 24th Jun 2020
The UK and Canada are running a joint funding competition to support collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, to develop new products, processes and services.
Projects must target improvement to the productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.
Innovate UK want applicants to deliver integrated precision approaches and data driven solutions to support the transition to a net zero-emission industry by 2040.
Innovate UK want to support a portfolio of projects across the breadth of the agriculture sector, including projects that focus on crop, livestock and aquaculture production systems that:
The role of UK and Canadian participants in supported projects must align with the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s ‘transforming food production’ objectives to provide transformations in their respective countries:
Projects are encouraged to:
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Your organisation cannot work alone. The project consortium must contain at least:
Academic institutions or research and technology organisations (RTOs) may participate in the project but cannot be awarded funding through this competition. They may, however, act as a sub-contractor to a funded project partner.
The role of each project partner must be detailed in a collaboration/consortium agreement included as part of the project application.
There is up to £2 million allocated to fund UK business involvement in innovation projects in this competition. The combined total funding sought (grant available) for all UK partners can be a maximum of £400,000 per application and must provide a full cost breakdown in the Innovation Funding Service.
If your total funding sought is over £400,000 your project will be deemed ineligible and not be sent for assessment.
Organisations that are primarily engaged in commercial or economic activity (known as selective advantage) as part of the project must ensure their request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below.
Industrial research projects, UK businesses could get funding for eligible project costs of:
Experimental development projects which are nearer to market, UK businesses could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
NRC IRAP will provide a maximum contribution of up to $700,000 CAD to be shared between the Canadian partners involved in the project. Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% reimbursement of eligible project costs.
Projects must start by 1 November 2020 and end by 31 March 2023. They can last between 24 and 29 months.
Projects that focus on the following, will not be funded: