The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will work with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £12.5million in innovation projects.
This funding is part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme which is delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge.
We will work in collaboration to deliver a portfolio of projects that meet the objectives of the Farming Innovation Programme and specific Defra key priorities. These are around reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate.
The aim of this funding is to:
Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
This is stage 1 of a 2 stage competition. The whole process will take at least 8 months.
Your project’s total costs at full stage must be between £3million and £6million and can last up to 48 months.
If you are successful, any awards given to primary agricultural producers are subject to the green box exemption under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.
If your application is successful in this EoI stage, you will be invited to apply for a full stage competition. In the full stage you must collaborate with other eligible grant claiming partners.
Your full stage project must:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
To lead a project your organisation must be:
If the lead organisation is an academic institution or an RTO it must collaborate with at least 1 UK registered business of any size.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK business of any size or a UK registered:
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
The aim of this competition is to fund industrial research studies developing ambitious new solutions reducing farming emissions and adapting to a changing climate. These must address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.
Your solutions must address the priority areas identified by Defra for reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate, and significantly improve:
You must reflect the societal impact of the proposed solution and include clear deliverables in measuring the specific emissions being addressed. You must demonstrate the impact and ability to manage the solution.
Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
We aim to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, industry sectors, technological maturities and business size.
We will not accept unjustified changes in challenge and solution but the consortium can have additional partners added at the full stage. We expect the organisations identified in the EoI to continue to participate if selected to pass through to full stage competition.
Your project must focus on solutions to reduce emissions in existing agricultural practices or enhance resilience to climate change in one or more of the four industry subsectors: