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Farming Innovation Programme - Feasibility studies round 3

General & Misc
Project Size:
Between £200,000 and £500,000.

This funding competition is part of the Farming Innovation Programme by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) in partnership with Innovate UK’s Transforming Food Production Challenge.

Unveiling the Opportunity

Defra is investing up to £4.5 million in innovation projects focusing on feasibility studies investigating new solutions addressing major on-farm or immediate post-farmgate challenges or opportunities.

Aim of the Competition

The aim is to promote early-stage solutions capable of substantially improving farming productivity, sustainability, resilience, and facilitating the move towards net-zero. The solutions should offer positive outputs for farmers, growers, and foresters in commercially relevant situations and foster collaborations with the wider UK research community.

Your Project Proposal

Your project must present a significant improvement in farming productivity, sustainability, environmental impact, net-zero emissions progression, and resilience. Additionally, it should clearly demonstrate how it will benefit farmers, growers, or foresters in England.

Eligibility Criteria

Projects that do not benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England or are specific to equine, wild-caught fisheries, aquaculture for fish production, cellular expression of proteins, cultivated meat, acellular production systems, or the production of crops or plants for medicinal or pharmaceutical use are ineligible. Furthermore, any projects dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage will not be considered.

Funding and Support

The total project costs should range between £200,000 and £500,000.

Competition Entry

By entering this competition, you're participating in a competitive process. The competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline.

Specific Themes

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

  • Farmed Animals
  • Plants
  • Novel Food Production Systems
  • Bioeconomy and Agroforestry

Ready to Boost Your Farming Innovation?

If you're prepared to revolutionize the farming industry with your innovative solutions, get in touch with us at Inventya on 01925 506 100 or at We're excited to support your journey towards a sustainable and productive future in farming.

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