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Agri-food funding round-up

Posted on 14/05/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the agriculture and food & drink manufacturing sectors. Updated 6th August 2019.

The funding landscape can be complex, so KTN’s Agri-Food team have compiled a list of some of the latest funding calls of relevance for the agriculture and food & drink manufacturing sectors, bringing them together in one place – find out more below.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help finding collaborative partners, or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019

Competition closes: 16.10.19 at 12:00pm.

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The KTP programme 2019 to 2020 is run continuously throughout the year.

Registration opens: 25.07.19. Closing date: 02.10.19.
Registration opens: 03.10.19. Closing date: 11.12.19.
Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 05.02.20.
Registration opens: 06.02.20. Closing date: 01.04.20.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

Click here to find out more.

GIMA Innovators' Seed Corn Fund

Closing date: 16.08.19.

The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) offers annual grant of £6,000 to help launch innovative, exciting, never before seen products for the gardening market. If you have a new product or invention, and would like to showcase it to leading manufacturers, retailers and distributors in the gardening industry, then this could be just the help you need to get your product to market.

Click here to find out more.

R&D funding for ideas to improve yield from Scotland’s tree seed stock

Challenge closing: Wednesday 21 August 2019

Meeting the challenges of growing more young trees from seed will significantly strengthen Scotland’s contribution to tackling the climate emergency. That’s the premise behind a new Scottish Government ‘Innovation Challenge’ offering research and development funding for ideas to improve the yield from Scotland’s existing seed stock.

Click here to find out more.

Manufacturing made smarter: round 1 (fast starts)

Competition closes: Wednesday 28 August 2019

Up to £30 million is available for projects to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing. This is for a variety of project types, from feasibility studies to large innovation and/or demonstrator projects. Projects must be able to achieve rapid technology development and deployment.

Click here to find out more.

Detecting cattle and sheep in NI remotely

Funding for using innovative digital and data technologies remotely to detect the presence and movement of cattle and sheep grazing outdoors in NI

Briefing event: Thursday 15 August 2019, Belfast

Deadline for Tender submission: Friday 30 August 2019, 3pm

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has up to £126k in funding to encourage and support research and development to deliver innovative technology-enabled approaches. These approaches need to improve the frequency and accuracy of its data on animal locations and movements and habitat change at a small-area level within Northern Ireland.

Click here to find out more.

Seafood Innovation fund

Competition closes: Early September 2019

The UK government’s Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) is a £10 million research and development (R&D) fund that launched in July 2019.

This is an open competition. Applications are welcome from all sectors. Your products must benefit the sustainability and productivity of the seafood industry. Applications for collaborative projects that include both seafood sector organisations and technology businesses are encouraged.

Click here to find out more.


Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

Call closes: 04.09.19 at 17:00 CET.

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, this EU body is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry. This funding call includes 21 topics.

The scientific priorities for 2019 are the following:

  1. Foster the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chains;
  2. Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through research, development and innovation;
  3. Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications;
  4. Create and accelerate the market-uptake of bio-based products and applications.

Click here to find out more.

Scottish EDGE

Deadline: Wednesday 4 September 2019

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent. If you have an Innovative, High-Growth Potential business, you could win up to £100,000 (£150,000 for Higgs EDGE) plus a package of support from Scottish EDGE. There’s also funding available for companies whose Directors are all aged 18-30 and pre-trading businesses.

Click here to find out more.

Analysis for innovators round 5

Competition closes: Wednesday 4 September 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to address measurement and analysis problems with one or more analysis partner organisations. The aim of this competition is to match the best UK experts and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

Click here to find out more.

SMART Broiler Research Initiative

Call closes: 05.09.19.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and McDonald’s Corporation have teamed up to offer multiple grants (totalling $4 million) to the groups or individuals who successfully develop and commercialise  automated monitoring tools that can objectively assess key animal welfare indicators in broiler chickens. Phase I: Early Testing and Refinement is designed for applicants to explore potential technologies and monitoring methods. FFAR anticipates funding up to 4 grants during Phase I. Any domestic or international public or private institution, consortium, non-profit organisation, for-profit company, tribal government entity or any combination of the above is eligible to apply.

Click here to find out more.

Innovation Loans

Competition closes: Wednesday 11 September 2019

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Your proposal can come from any technology and any part of the economy.

Click here to find out more.

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 12

Registration closes: Thursday 12 September 2019

UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries. This competition is aimed at small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders.

Click here to find out more.

Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

Applications close: 13.09.19.

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide renowned science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies. The 14 categories include: Aeronautics; Advanced Computing & AI; Cybersecurity & Communication; Digital Health & Medical Devices; Drug Discovery; Energy; Environment; Food & Agriculture; Industrial Biotech; Industry 4.0; Medical Biotech;  Mobility; New Space; and Smart City.

Click here to find out more.

Joint BBSRC-NERC GCRF Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture & Aquaculture

Call opens: 09.07.19. Application deadline: 18.09.19 at 16:00.

BBSRC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will shortly announce a joint call to support the translation of research, to address challenges related to the sustainable enhancement of agriculture (including crops and livestock) and aquaculture (including finfish and shellfish) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients in the Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and South-Eastern Asia regions.

Click here to find out more.

Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards

Closing date: 19.09.19.

EuropaBio invites biotech start-ups and SMEs across Europe to apply for the 10th edition of the Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award – a unique annual initiative recognising biotech innovation and its contribution to society. SMEs can apply in three categories: healthcare, agricultural or industrial biotechnology. Two companies will be shortlisted in each category by a Jury of biotech and SME experts, with the winners celebrated during a landmark event held in Brussels on the 6th November. Each winner will also receive €10,000 prize money and two years free EuropaBio membership (runners-up also receive the latter), in addition to European-level exposure and visibility as well as press coverage.

Click here to find out more.

PhD studentships with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (A

Deadline for submissions:  Monday 30 September 2019

To further research undertaken through the AHDB Postgraduate Studentship programme, AHDB is making funding available for up to 10 PhD studentships. Starting in 2020, these studentships will deliver new experts and science with practical benefits across agriculture and horticulture.

Click here to find out more.

UK Research and Innovation Strength in Places Fund: Wave 2 EoI

Competition opens: 03.06.19. Competition closes: 09.10.19 at 12:00pm.

Consortia of UK businesses and research organisations can apply for ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £50,000 to develop full applications for wave 2 of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund. Projects must focus on any one technological area, sector or discipline. At full stage your proposal can draw on a mix of capital and revenue funding appropriate to the activities proposed. Your project proposal should take a place-based approach to research and innovation funding.

Click here to find out more.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Competition closes: Wednesday 16 October 2019

Apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy. Funding will go to the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused.

Click here to find out more.

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge 2019

Registration closes: Wednesday 16 October 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million and Malaysian businesses a share of RM 5.5 million to collaborate on innovative solutions to large societal challenges. Innovate UK and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) will invest in innovative projects that provide collaborative solutions to the challenges of urban mobility and waste to wealth in Malaysia.

Click here to find out more. 

BactiVac Catalyst Training Awards

The call for applications is an open call, you can apply at any time. This scheme will be run up to August 2021.

Catalyst funding is available to support training opportunities and exchanges, prioritising those involving LMIC members and academic/industrial partners, for the transfer of knowledge and skills in bacterial vaccinology. Up to £6,000 per award is available and each training visit is expected to be up to three months in duration. The aim of this funding scheme will be to support members to train in vaccine research & development (R&D), targeting the main preclinical to clinical area of focus for BactiVac.

Click here to find out more.

STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation that funds and operates a number of large science facilities offering research and development access to commercial users. Through these facilities, and their expert staff, they can provide access to advanced experimental and computational tools to address challenges in all aspects of the food production and packaging supply chain. Their £8 million Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme is specifically designed to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by providing access to advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities through STFC’s large scale science facilities located around the UK.

Click here to find out more.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S)

The UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly known as The Rainbow Seed Fund) is a £27.1m early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base. UKI2S works closely with its partners – led by STFC, BBSRC and NERC, which are all part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Dstl — and is aligned with the Catapults and Innovate UK to create the best environment for innovation to flourish and in turn, boost the UK’s competitiveness and productivity by commercialising key technological advances in industrial biotech, ag tech, healthcare, medicine, clean energy, materials, artificial intelligence, software and space. Foodtech is also within scope.

Click here to find out more.

HSBC SME Loan Fund

HSBC UK has announced a £12 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Fund includes a ring-fenced minimum pot of £300 million to support the UK’s agriculture businesses. It also includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support. The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.

Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s multi-billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The UK government has issued some documents to clarify the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 if there is no Brexit deal.

KTN has a range of training videos for UK companies in how to write a successful project proposal for European funding.

UK businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Currently open calls include:

Fast Track to Innovation – aims to accelerate the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding through an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe. Various deadlines throughout 2019. Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 1 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 04.11.20. Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 2 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 07.10.20. Click here to find out more.