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Farming Innovation Pathways – industrial research

Opens:
1/3/2021
Closes:
28/4/2021
Sectors:
All
Project Size:
£250,000 - £750,000

Summary

The aim of this competition is to support the development of novel innovations to develop and support a productive, resilient, and sustainable agricultural sector. This funding is from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

 

Your proposal must engage with farmers, growers or producers to explore the potential of early-stage farm-focused solutions. These solutions must solve the short to long-term challenges of productivity, sustainability, and net zero emissions.

 

Eligibility

Your project can be based anywhere in the UK but must generate benefits to the English farming sector.

 

This competition is for collaborative industrial research only.

 

Projects to have clear links to farmers, growers, agri-businesses, and other potential end users.

 

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £250,000 and £750,000
  • start by 1 October 2021
  • last between 18 and 24 months

 

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations or RTOs
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

 

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition and must be selected through a participant’s normal procurement process. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK.


Scope

The aim of the Farming Innovation Pathways competition is to develop and support a productive, resilient, and sustainable agricultural sector. Novel solutions are needed to produce healthy food for consumption, where farms can be profitable and economically sustainable without subsidy.


Your project must engage with farmers, growers or producers to explore the potential of early-stage farm-focused solutions. These solutions must solve the short to long-term challenges of productivity, sustainability, and net zero emissions.


Your proposal should focus on the early-stage development of technologies, systems or approaches that will make significant steps towards improving productivity, increasing sustainability and resilience. It must:

  • demonstrate or deliver outcomes or benefits for farmers
  • help the agriculture sector to move towards achieving net zero emissions by 2040


To meet these challenges, your project must focus on innovative solutions that can be integrated into the sector with the potential to be taken up and widely adopted.


Your project must address at least one of the four industry subsectors:

  • livestock (for example: beef, dairy, sheep, pigs, poultry)
  • plant (for example: arable, horticulture, vegetable production)
  • novel food production systems (insect production for feed, controlled environment agriculture)
  • bioeconomy and agroforestry


Projects are expected to have clear links to farmers, growers, agri-businesses, and other potential end users. Proposals must show that you have considered the appropriate business models and routes to adoption and have sought the relevant expertise to enable this.



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