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UK-China: precision for enhancing agricultural productivity

Funding details
Registration opens
14 Oct 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
15 Jan 2020, 00:00
Closes
15 Jan 2020, 00:00
Award
The maximum grant available for UK partners is £500,000 per project.
Organisation
Innovate UK
Summary

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MoST) are each investing around £5 million in innovation projects. Innovate UK will fund the UK partners and MoST will fund the Chinese partners.

The aim of this competition is to encourage the use of data-intensive methods for commercial farming. This approach, described as either ‘precision farming’ or ‘smart farming’, is defined as the complete incorporation of:

  • monitoring
  • intelligent decision support
  • action planning
  • timely and effective intervention autonomous technologies (sensors, systems, vehicles and robotics)
  • data-driven solutions to enhance productivity while reducing emissions

Your project must be business-led and aim to develop one or both of the following:

  • autonomous technologies (sensors, systems, vehicles and robotics)
  • data-driven solutions to enhance productivity while reducing emissions

Your solution must have the potential to improve productivity and sustainability. It must lead to a significant reduction of emissions from agriculture, contributing to the target of net zero emissions from agriculture by 2040.

The maximum grant available for UK partners is £500,000 per project.

Projects must start by April 2020 and end by March 2022. Projects can last up to 24 months.

Projects are bilateral and must show equal effort from the Chinese and UK partners. Your project must have one common work plan. The Chinese and UK partners must have main roles and responsibilities. The work must have similar time and costs in both countries.

UK lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • carry out its project work in the UK (and in China where reasonable)
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

UK project team

To collaborate with the UK 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 UK lead applicant

Your UK and Chinese consortium must include:

  • at least one UK academic institution or RTO
  • at least one Chinese business of any size, established with corporate capacity within the mainland of the People’s Republic of China
  • at least one Chinese academic institution or research organisation established with corporate capacity within the mainland of the People’s Republic of China

You should aim to have UK and China funding requests that are as close to equal as possible.

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

Your proposal must demonstrate value for money by including partners that have appropriate resources such as technology, assets and experience, and are commercial end users.

Innovate UK has allocated up to £5 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. For experimental development projects you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small business
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 25% if you are a large business

The UK research organisations in the UK consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.

For the purposes of this competition, the stated exchange rate UK £ to Chinese yuan is 1 GBP = 8.75 RMB. You must use this indicative exchange rate in all calculations during the competition process.