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ISCF Transforming Food Production - science and technology into practice: feasibility studies

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Funding details
Registration opens
18 Nov 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
26 Feb 2020, 12:00
26 Feb 2020, 12:00
Feasibility studies total eligible costs must be between £75,000 and £250,000. Up to 70% of costs can be covered depending on business size: for research organisations, 80% FEC is available.
Innovate UK

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 (this competition): we expect to spend £5 million
demonstration projects: we expect to spend £10 million – if your project is at a demonstration stage, click here for details of the relevant funding.

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

KTN is running a briefing event in York on 27th November for the TFP Science and Technology strand – click here to express an interest in attending.

Your feasibility study must:

  • evaluate the early stage feasibility of precision solutions to transform food production
  • work with end users, such as farmers and producers
  • evaluate, in practice, the potential of early stage ideas that address industry identified problems
  • consider both the technical feasibility and the feasibility of the business model
  • consider the route to adoption
  • enable decisions to be made on the future development of the solution

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

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £75,000 and £250,000.

For exceptional feasibility study projects, we may consider total eligible costs greater than £250,000. If you are considering this, you must provide justification by email to at least 6 weeks before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.

Projects must start by 26 August 2020 and end by 28 February 2022. They can last between 6 and 18 months.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size or a research organisation
  • 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

Feasibility studies led by a research organisation must collaborate with at least one business.

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

You must work with end-users to evaluate the potential of solutions.

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.

For feasibility studies, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 80% of full economic costs if you are a research organisation
  • 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • 50% if you are a large business

The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.

Your project must accelerate the development of new, early stage solutions that address industry identified problems, by evaluating their potential in a commercial environment. The objective will be to enable decisions to be made quickly on whether the solution should be developed further and, if so, inform its future development.

Your project must:

  • consider appropriate business models and routes to adoption alongside technical feasibility
  • draw in relevant expertise to enable this (for example economic and social sciences)
  • engage with end users to ensure the development of solutions is informed by their needs
  • focus on the development of precision, data-driven solutions and systems that will make a significant step towards net zero emissions and improved resource use efficiency for food production
  • improve the sector’s productivity
  • 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

To enable projects to have the maximum impact possible, Innovate UK will work across projects to co-ordinate:

  • dissemination of outcomes
  • outreach to end users
  • sharing of best practice

You must take part in these co-ordination activities.

To achieve the challenge’s objectives we will fund a balanced portfolio of high scoring projects across a variety of technologies, markets, industry sectors and technological maturities. We may also adjust the levels of overall funding available for feasibility and demonstration strands within Science and Technology into Practice to fund the best portfolio of projects to achieve the challenge’s aims.

Specific themes

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

Research categories

We will fund feasibility studies, as defined in the general guidance.

Projects we will not fund

We are not funding:

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

If you would like help with finding a project partner, contact the KTN Agri-Food team.

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