The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will invest up to £5.5million 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.
The aim of these funding competitions is to:
Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
This is one of two competitions:
Your project must:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK business of any size or a UK registered:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition. All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
The aim of this competition is to fund feasibility studies investigating new solutions that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities.
Your solutions must significantly improve:
Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
We want to fund a variety of projects across different technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories. We call this a portfolio approach.
Your project must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the four industry subsectors below: