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Farming Innovation Programme - Small R&D Partnership Projects Round 3

General & Misc
Project Size:
Between £1m and £3m

Project Size: Between £1 million and £3 million

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

Unveiling the Opportunity

Defra is investing up to £9.8 million in innovation projects aimed at developing solutions to improve productivity, sustainability, resilience and facilitate the transition of the existing agricultural sectors to net zero.

Aim of the Competition

This competition aims to develop and ensure solutions that yield positive outputs for farmers, growers, or foresters in commercially relevant situations. It seeks to foster new agricultural solutions through collaborative efforts, engagement with end users, and the UK research community. It also aims to accelerate adoption by facilitating knowledge exchange with the wider sector and other stakeholders.

Your Project Proposal

Your project must present significant improvement in farming productivity, sustainability, environmental impact, progression towards net-zero emissions, and resilience. The proposal should highlight how your project benefits 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 or acellular production systems, fermentation systems for bacteria, yeast, or fungi for human consumption, or the production of crops or plants for medicinal or pharmaceutical use are ineligible. Projects dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage will not be considered.

Funding and Support

The total project costs should range between £1 million and £3 million.

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 industry subsectors:

  • Livestock
  • Plants
  • Novel Food Production Systems
  • Bioeconomy and Agroforestry

Ready to Transform Farming Innovation?

If your business is geared up to revolutionize the farming sector with its innovative solutions, reach out to us at Inventya on 01925 506 100 or at We are eager to support your journey towards a resilient and sustainable future in farming.

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