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Expression of Interest: UK – Canada Bilateral Competition Briefing and Consortium Building Event - Transforming Food Production - Birmingham

Event details
Thursday, 13 February 2020
9:00 am – 17:00 pm

The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity.


Transforming Food Production is recognised as a key driver of Clean Growth under the Industrial Strategy. The £90 million Transforming Food Production programme aims to integrate current world-class UK capabilities (digital technologies, artificial intelligence, engineering, biological, environmental and social sciences) into precision approaches both within new novel production systems and traditional agricultural systems to target net-zero emissions.


Transforming Food Production Objectives:

  • Create integrated data-driven solutions to drive primary agricultural productivity whilst driving towards net-zero emissions
  • Embed adoption of precision approaches to bridge the productivity gap, strengthening connections between researchers, businesses and practitioners
  • Stimulate the establishment of novel high-value production systems to position UK technologies at the forefront of new industries
  • Drive growth in UK precision technology companies, creating high-value jobs and adding value in the UK agricultural value chain
  • Develop export opportunities and increase investment into UK research and innovation


UK – Canada Bilateral Competition Briefing and Consortium Building Event in Birmingham

Innovate UK and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program are running a joint funding competition to support collaborative research and development projects. Projects must target improvement to the productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.

Competition details can be found here.


Applicants to this competition must deliver integrated precision approaches and data driven solutions to support the transition to a net zero-emission industry by 2040. Project proposals should:

  • Combine digital technologies, artificial intelligence, the application of big data and engineering solutions with biological, environmental and/or social science to drive productivity
  • Develop technologies and solutions that connect farms and supply chains
  • Transfer technology from another sector into agriculture, providing this requires innovation


A full agenda for the event will follow. This event will provide attendees with:

  • Information on competition scope and consortia eligibility
  • Specific details on UK-Canada bilateral requirements
  • Challenges and opportunities associated with UK-Canada collaborations
  • An opportunity to pitch their ideas, skills and partner needs to bid into TFP
  • Make valuable connections


Follow the link below to find out more about this event and to register.

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