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ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: demonstration

Funding details
Registration opens
11 Nov 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
26 Feb 2020, 00:00
Closes
26 Feb 2020, 00:00
Award
Demonstration projects total eligible costs must be between £400,000 and £4 million. Up to 70% of costs can be covered depending on business size: for research organisations, 80% FEC is available.
Organisation
Innovate UK
Summary

Up to £15 million of grant funding is available through the Transforming Food Production Science and Technology into Practice programme. ISCF are running 2 strands through this competition:

  • feasibility study projects (publishing soon): we expect to spend £5 million
  • demonstration projects (this competition): we expect to spend £10 million

It is your responsibility to make sure you are applying for the correct strand.

Your demonstration project must:

  • demonstrate the viability of combinations of precision solutions to transform food production
  • demonstrate solutions across different production environments, to encourage their widespread use
  • work with end users
  • produce evidence of technical feasibility and economic viability at commercial scale

Your solution must:

  • have the potential to improve productivity and sustainability
  • contribute to the target of net zero emissions from agriculture by 2040

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £400,000 and £4 million.

For exceptional demonstration projects, we may consider total eligible costs greater than £4 million. If you are considering this, you must provide justification by email to support@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 6 weeks before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

Projects must start by 26 August 2020 and end by 31 March 2023. They can last up to 30 months.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

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

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
  • enter its costs in the Innovation Funding Service

Your project team must include at least one organisation with proven knowledge exchange and demonstration capability and experience.

The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.

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.

Your project must focus on the development of precision, data-driven solutions and systems. These must make a significant step towards net zero emissions and improved resource use efficiency for food production, while also improving productivity of the sector.

Your project must accelerate the adoption of new, integrated solutions and projects. It must also focus on combinations of technologies to improve production systems rather than the demonstration of individual technologies.

Your project must:

  • deliver effective knowledge exchange (KE) and embed the approaches by working with and communicating results to end-users during and at the end of the project
  • develop and deliver a KE plan that identifies the target markets for the technology, expected engagement quality and quantity with the target markets and expected outcomes in terms of technology adoption (such as number of farmers, area of land, percentage of production using the new technology)
  • give responsibility to a specific project partner with suitable infrastructure and proven experience to deliver the KE activities
  • include objectives around building understanding of how your approach can best achieve widespread use, working with economists, social scientists and other relevant experts
  • meet the specific objectives of the Transforming Food Production challenge (set out in the supporting information section of this brief) and particularly objectives 1 and 2

Your project can focus one or more agricultural sectors, including, but not limited to:

  • arable, such as cereals, field-scale vegetables or potatoes
  • dairy
  • ruminants, such as beef, lamb, goat
  • monogastrics, such as pork, poultry and eggs
  • horticulture, including berries, apples, lettuce and tomatoes but not ornamentals
  • aquaculture

We are not funding:

  • projects relating to non-food products, equine and amenity horticulture
  • projects that only include one solution

KTN are running two briefing events for this competition:

14th November, Stoneleigh (near Coventry) – registration now closed

27th November, York (expression of interest – places are limited)

In addition to hosting consortium building events KTN has set up a LinkedIn group to facilitate connections between people offering and looking for partners; this group can be joined here.

If you want help to find a project partner, join the LinkedIn group above, or contact the Agri-Food team at the Knowledge Transfer Network.