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Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 7 Briefing and Consortia Building Event - Expression of Interest

Event details
Thursday, 27 September 2018
9:30 am – 16:00 pm
Register for the free briefing and consortia-building workshop for Round 7 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst Competition

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organising a free briefing and consortia-building workshop to promote Round 7 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst Competition. There is up to £3 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) for early-stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries.

The aim of this workshop is to enable potential applicants to get a better understanding of the competition process, rules and scope. The workshop is also designed to help with networking and consortia building, and offers a great opportunity for delegates to pitch their capabilities to potential collaborative partners.

Please note, to ensure an appropriate mix of delegates from different sectors, and across industry and academia, we are operating a ‘registration of interest system’. If you would like to attend this event, please complete the registration form and we will confirm allocation of places in due course.

KTN is also organising a networking event for the Agri-tech Catalyst on 5 October in Edinburgh.


Draft Programme

09:30 Registration

10:00 Introduction to the workshop, Knowledge Transfer Network

10.10 Overview of Innovate UK and relevant funding opportunities, Innovate UK

10:20 Introduction to the Agri-Tech Catalyst Competition Round 7, Innovate UK

10:40 Overview of the key opportunities and needs of farmers and food systems actors in Africa, Duncan Barker, Senior Livelihoods Advisor, Department for International Development

11:00 Application process overview, Innovate UK

11:30 Q&A to speakers

11:45 Refreshments

12:00 Facilitated networking activities, Knowledge Transfer Network

13:00 Lunch and networking

13:30 Delegate pitches with project ideas

14:30 What makes a good collaborative R&D project & Case Studies

  • Case study 1 – Chris Tapsell, Technical Director, KWS UK Ltd, speaking about project funded by the AgriTech Catalyst Round 1, “Hybrid wheat in Africa – increasing productivity and stability”
  • Case study 2 – Casey Woodward, Head of Business Development, Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), speaking about project funded by the AgriTech Catalyst Round 6, “Development of a novel diagnostic test for Contagious Bovine/Caprine Pleuropneumonia disease”

15:10 An opportunity for discussions and consortia building

16:30 Close


Further Information

For full details of the competition, eligible countries and deadlines please refer to the Innovate UK competition page.


Disclaimer: The organisers reserve the right to amend/cancel the event, do not book any travel until you receive confirmation that you have been formally allocated a place to attend direct from the KTN. All best endeavours will be made to undertake the event as shown above. However, the event organisers reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any of the arrangements, timetable or plans relating directly or indirectly to the event. The event organisers are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alterations.

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