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Farming Innovation Program - small R&D partnership projects

Project Size:
£25,000 - £2million


UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £11million for Small R&D Partnership Projects, from the Industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.

The aim of this competition is to:

·       develop solutions with the potential to improve overall productivity, sustainability, resilience, and move existing agricultural sectors to net zero

·       ensure solutions have positive outputs for farmers, growers or foresters in commercially relevant situations

·       develop new agricultural solutions, by collaboration through engagement with end-users and the UK research community in the innovation process

·       accelerate adoption by ensuring knowledge exchange with the wider sector and other stakeholders


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 £1million and £3million

·       start by 1 June 2022

·       end by 31 May 2025

·       last up to 36 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

·       work with at least one SME


Academic institutions and research organisations cannot lead.


The aim of this competition is to fund industrial research studies developing new solutions that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.

 Your solutions must significantly improve:

·       productivity

·       sustainability and environmental impact of farming

·       progression towards net zero emissions​

·       resilience


Businesses within a supply chain, are encouraged to come together as a partnership to solve major challenges or opportunities.


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 industry subsectors below:

·       livestock

·       plants

·       novel food production systems

·       bio economy and agroforestry


Innovate UK will not fund projects that are:

·       equine specific

·       wild caught fisheries

·       aquaculture, including algae and seaweed production

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

·       projects that do not benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England

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