UK-Canada: enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £2 million from the fund to invest in innovative research and development projects that involve UK businesses working with partners in Canada.
Projects must be in line with the aims of the transforming food production challenge including the use of data-driven precision approaches and contributing towards a target of net zero agriculture emissions by 2040.
They should aim to bring new businesses and technologies into the UK and Canadian agriculture sectors and show they have taken account of the needs of farmers and growers. They can be in crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.
Funding will support projects that:
- combine digital technologies, artificial intelligence, the application of big data and engineering solutions with biological, environmental 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
UK businesses may participate in up to three applications but lead only one.
Canadian applicants must register with NRC IRAP before 6 March 2020 to receive an EoI form. Before being invited to join a project in Innovation Funding Service, all Canadian SME participants must have submitted a Canadian Expression of Interest (EoI) and have been invited to proceed to the full proposal stage of the competition by NRC IRAP. Canadian funding applicants who do not complete an EoI and have not been invited to proceed will not be eligible for funding through this competition. Please see the NRC IRAP call page for more information in English and French on Canadian eligibility requirements and in order to register. Canadian SMEs may only participate in one application either as a lead or partner (note UK organisation must be listed as lead on Innovation Funding Service and Canadian lead identified within the application in the “Project Details” section).
The majority of work undertaken by each partner should occur in their home country.
No one country and/or organisation can represent more than 75% of the total project cost.
Applications must demonstrate a clear intention to exploit the results of the project commercially.
Projects must start by 1 November 2020 and end by 31 March 2023. They can last between 24 and 29 months.
Your organisation cannot work alone. The project consortium must contain at least:
- one UK registered business of any size and
- one registered Canadian SME (500 or fewer employees)
There is up to £2 million allocated to fund UK business involvement in innovation projects in this competition. The combined total funding sought (grant available) for all UK partners can be a maximum of £400,000 per application and must provide a full cost breakdown in the Innovation Funding Service. This can cover up to a maximum of 70% of the UK partners’ costs, depending on business size.
KTN will be holding a briefing event in Birmingham on 13th February – click here to register.
If you would like help to find a project partner, contact our Agri-Food team.