The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will work with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £1million in innovation projects.
The funding for this competition is part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme which is delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge.
This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. If your application is successful, you will be invited to apply to a full stage competition.
This two stage competition is designed to make funding accessible to a wider range of applicants. Applicants that are successful in the EoI stage will be able to access independent support to help them complete the full application stage. The full stage will open in August 2022.
The aim of this competition is to:
Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
Project cost details are not required at the EoI stage. At the full application stage your total project costs must be between £28,000 and £56,000.
If your application is successful in this EoI stage, you will be invited to apply for a full stage competition. In the full stage you must collaborate with other eligible partners.
Your full stage project must:
If you are successful at the full stage, any awards given to primary agricultural producers are subject to the green box exemption under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. Please see further guidance on green box subsidies here WTO Guidance for support in Agriculture.
Applicants receiving this type of support must ensure that there is minimal to no distortion of trade and comply with the requirements of Annex 2 of the Agriculture Agreement.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian source.
To lead a project your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead at the full stage, your organisation must be a UK registered organisation or a farmer, grower or forester based in the UK.
A business can only lead on one EoI application.
The competition aims to provide an entry point for farmers, growers or foresters that have bold, ambitious, early-stage ideas solving major problems that impact their business. This may help them exploit new significant opportunities for their business and industry sub-sector.
The outputs of this competition will ideally provide applicants with the knowledge and information needed to aid them in applying for a larger funding grant.
The scope of the competition is feasibility studies investigating new solutions to industry identified challenges, or opportunities for farmers, growers or foresters that have the potential to significantly improve:
Projects must focus on developing on-farm or immediate post farmgate solutions.
Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or forestry in England.
We want to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, industry sectors, technological maturities and business size.
Your project must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the four industry subsectors: