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Farming Innovation Program - feasibility projects

Project Size:
£200,000 - £500,000


UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £5.5million for feasibility projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.


The aim of this competition is to:

·       investigate early-stage solutions that have the potential to substantially improve the overall productivity, sustainability and resilience of farming, and move existing agricultural sectors to net zero

·       prioritise solutions that will have positive outputs for farmers, growers and foresters in commercially relevant situations

·       accelerate research and development of new agricultural solutions by actively engaging collaboration with the wider UK research community in the innovation process


Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.


Your project must:

·       have total eligible costs between £200,000 and £500,000

·       start by 1 May 2022

·       end by 30 April 2024

·       last up to 24 months

·       carry out all of its project work in the UK

·       intend to exploit the results from or in England

·       have at least 50% of the farmers, growers or foresters involved based in England


To lead a project, your organisation must:

·       be a UK registered business of any size,

·       collaborate with other UK organisations


Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.


The aim of this competition is to fund feasibility studies investigating new solutions that will address majoron-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.


Your solutions must significantly improve:

·       productivity

·       sustainability and environmental impact

·       progression towards net zero emissions​

·       resilience


Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.


Your project must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the four industry subsectors below:

·       livestock

·       plants

·       novel food production systems

·       bioeconomy and agroforestry



Innovate UK will not fund projects that are:

·       hemp or cannabis production

·       equine-specific

·       wild caught fisheries

·       aquaculture, including algae and seaweed production

·       cellular or acellular production systems, fermentation systems for bacteria, yeast or fungi


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