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ISCF Future food production systems

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Funding details
Registration opens
17 Sep 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
24 Jan 2020, 00:00
24 Jan 2020, 00:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be greater than £1 million but less than £10 million. Up to 70% of this can be covered depending on business size.
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Up to £20 million of grant funding is available for projects that disrupt the traditional land-based models of food production.

Projects must create integrated, data-driven solutions to drive agricultural productivity as well as target net zero emissions. We will consider a broad range of technologies and systems.

Your project must aim to determine the transformation of future food production systems. It must be ambitious, multidisciplinary and systems-focused rather than dedicated to developing a single technology.

We are particularly looking to support large-scale, ambitious projects. Your project’s total eligible costs must be greater than £1 million but less than £10 million. Projects must start by 1 July 2020 and end by 31 March 2023. They can last between 24 and 33 months. All projects must be collaborative and involve a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

If your project is exceptional, UKRI may consider projects with total eligible costs more than £10 million. You must email to discuss your eligibility at least 6 weeks before the competition closing date.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • involve at least one SME
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Research organisations cannot lead a project.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • be invited to take part by the lead applicant

The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding and enter their costs as part of the application.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

Projects funded under this competition must address one of the following:

  • the development of new, resource efficient, low emission food production systems
  • the technological and other bottlenecks that prevent existing state-of-the-art systems from supplying mainstream consumer markets

You must show how your project will:

  • significantly contribute to achieving net zero emissions across one or more food products
  • provide nutrient dense foods that are accessible to mainstream consumers
  • deliver other relevant benefits to society, such as reduced resource consumption, waste or improved animal welfare
  • apply a systems approach as opposed to working on a single technology

We are looking for multidisciplinary projects with diverse collaborations to deliver transformation across one or more industry subsectors.

Possible project areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • indoor growing systems
  • aquaculture, including deep water and algal culture
  • new food sources, including insects and fermentation based systems

We are not funding projects involving:

  • equine
  • amenity horticulture
  • wild caught fisheries

Briefing events are being held in London on 3rd October (watch the recording of the event here) and in Birmingham on 23rd October (register here).