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Environmental Monitoring Innovation

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Project Size:
£5 million

Overview: The Environmental Monitoring Innovation funding competition, a collaboration between Innovate UK and The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), invites UK-registered businesses to compete for a share of up to £5 million. This grant supports collaborative projects focused on developing innovative environmental monitoring solutions.

Key Dates:

  • Opens: Monday, 22 January 2024
  • Closes: Wednesday, 6 March 2024 at 11:00 AM

Objectives and Funding: The competition aims to encourage the development of new sensing systems and monitoring capabilities for improved environmental monitoring. Projects should enhance existing approaches or introduce new ones, verify their accuracy, and demonstrate potential for large-scale deployment. The focus is on stimulating economic growth in the UK environmental monitoring sector and fostering partnerships across disciplines.


  • Projects must fall between £150,000 and £450,000 in total costs.
  • Focus areas include biodiversity and natural capital, soil health, water quality, and greenhouse gas/ammonia emissions from Defra sectors.

Project Requirements:

  • Proposals should support the development and testing of new products, align with industry and government policy priorities, and potentially be market-ready.
  • Projects must focus on terrestrial geographies and may include nearshore regions accessible from land.
  • Solutions should offer significant improvements in environmental monitoring, such as enhanced accuracy, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

Specific Themes:

  • Projects may address areas like biodiversity data collection, soil health measurement, water quality monitoring, and emissions tracking from various sectors.
  • Proposals must be justified and approved if they fall outside these listed themes.


  • Projects focused on marine monitoring, unlikely to yield viable business propositions, or not focusing on nitrogen-related pollutants (for GHG emissions) are ineligible.

Research Categories:

  • The competition will fund industrial research projects.

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