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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 8th October 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.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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

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.

 

Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – winter 2019/spring 2020

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

These will open on 12th December 2019 for the first round of MTKPs, closing 19th February 2020.

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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.

The next round of Smart Grants will open on 17th October 2019 and close on 8th January 2020. Read more here.

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge 2019

Registration closes: 16.10.19

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.

Rural Connected Communities Project

Competition Closes: 25.10.19

The Rural Connected Communities (RCC) competition will fund up to 10 5G research and development projects to run over the course of two years. These projects will trial innovative use cases and technical solutions to build the business case for investment in rural connectivity and explore the capabilities of 5G to benefit rural communities. They will also help demonstrate demand from a variety of economic sectors and rural communities for 5G technologies. Connectivity applications are expected to show a combination of societal and economic benefits that will together create a stronger case for investing in the deployment of 5G infrastructure for rural areas.

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UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinator

Submit an Intent to Submit by 16.00 on 31.10.19.

UK Research & Innovation invites proposals to be the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinator. Up to £150k (at 80% FEC) is available for this initial grant to engage with the full spectrum of interdisciplinary research and stakeholder communities and design a proposal for an Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub, with up to £3.3m available at the second stage for the Coordinator to lead the integration Hub. UKRI welcomes and encourages applications led by and involving any discipline – and not only disciplines within EPSRC’s remit.

Click here to find out more.

KTN SPARK Awards 2019

Application deadline: midnight 01.11.19.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is pleased to announce a call for up to 10 KTN SPARK Awards as a means to encourage new collaborations between the research community and industry. Projects must be in one of the following four market sectors; Livestock and Aquaculture, Food and Drink, Industrial Biotechnology, and Plants & Crops. The grants are of a fixed value of £10,000 (plus any applicable VAT) and are awarded to the research partner to tackle a problem relevant to the SME.

Click here to find out more.

Internet of Food Things Network Plus pilot studies

Closing date for applications: 11:00 on 04.11.19.

Applicants are invited to apply for short‐term pilot research study funding from the Internet of Food Things Network Plus, set up as a priority challenge area by the Digital Economy Theme (DE) led by EPSRC. These pilot studies will be no longer than 6 months in duration and are intended to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas.

Click here to find out more.

Towards sustainable and organic food systems

Call launches: 02.09.19. Pre-proposal deadline: 04.11.19

ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 and CORE Organic Cofund have pre-announced a joint call for transnational research under the topic of: “Towards sustainable and organic food systems.” Funded by the European Union, as part of Horizon 2020, ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 (Sustainable Food Production and Consumption) and CORE Organic Cofund (Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems) aim to increase research to create more sustainable food systems. The joint research call is facilitated by 21 funding bodies from 18 countries/regions and funded with 9,485,000 €. Applicants are asked to hand in a pre-proposals on the topics of:

  • Resource-efficient, circular and zero-waste food systems
  • Diversity in food form field to plate
  • Mild food processing
  • Sustainable and smart packaging

Click here to find out more.

UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres

Submit an Intent to Submit by 16.00 on  19.11.19.

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) invites outline proposals for Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres. Up to £22.5 million (at 80% FEC) is available to support up to five Centres for up to four years from 1 October 2020. UKRI welcomes and encourages applications led by and involving any discipline – and not only disciplines within EPSRC’s remit. Applications related to agri-food are in scope.

Click here to find out more.

Transforming the UK food system for healthy people & a healthy environment

Competition closes: 26.11.19

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with government are pleased to announce a highly ambitious £25 million call for research to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre. Proposals are invited for interdisciplinary research consortia to take a systems approach, linking healthy and accessible diets with sustainable food production and supply to help drive food system transformation. This programme aims to address health, environmental and social challenges simultaneously, bringing together researchers, policymakers, business and civil society to develop evidence for multi-pronged and simultaneous action across the food system.

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Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation

Competition closes: 08.01.20

Up to £5 million of funding is available from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This is for projects working on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries. The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of innovation in the development of agricultural and food systems in Africa. Your project must result in more use of innovations by farmers and food systems organisations such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors and wholesalers.

This competition is split into 3 strands:

Early stage feasibility studies

Mid-stage industrial research

Late stage experimental development

ISCF Future food production systems

Competition closes: 22.01.20

Apply for a share of up to £20 million to transform food production systems, improve productivity and sustainability, and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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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.

AgRIA Short Leaps

AgRIA (Agri-Tech Research Innovation Accelerator), supported for three years by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is led by Rothamsted Research in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, University College London, Cranfield University, Green Triangle, and Rothamsted Enterprises. Total project costs can be up to circa £65,000 with a minimum contribution of £8,000 from the small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This contribution can be in the form of paying for consumables, travel, consultancy, and patents. The remaining funding is provided by ERDF and Delivery Partners. These “short leap” projects, which will run for circa six months, are expected to cover one or more of the four highlighted themes (see below). They will be based at Rothamsted Research’s Harpenden campus with hot desk office space; they will also have access to facilities at the University of Hertfordshire and University College London.

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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.

Forthcoming and currently open calls include:

Call on Sustainable Food Security

Diversifying revenue in rural Africa through bio-based solutions CE-SFS-36-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Forest soils Research and Innovation Action LC-SFS-22-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Biodiversity in action: across farmland and the value chain SFS-01-2018-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Healthy terrestrial livestock microbial ecosystems for sustainable production SFS-02-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Integrated health approaches and alternatives to pesticide use SFS-04-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

New and emerging risks to plant health SFS-05-2018-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Stepping up integrated pest management SFS-06-2018-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Epidemiology of non-EU-regulated contagious animal diseases: from integrated data collection to prioritisation SFS-10-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Genome and epigenome enabled breeding in terrestrial livestock SFS-13-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Emerging challenges for soil management SFS-21-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Genetic resources and pre-breeding communities SFS-28-2018-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Agri-Aqua Labs SFS-30-2018-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Sustainable Intensification in Africa SFS-35-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Healthy soils for healthy food production SFS-40-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019.Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

 

Call on Rural Renaissance

Closing nutrient cycles CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 ( Innovation action). Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Closing nutrient cycles CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 (Research and Innovation action). Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Sustainable wood value chains LC-RUR-11-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Connecting consumers and producers in innovative agri-food supply chains RUR-05-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Innovative agri-food value chains: boosting sustainability-oriented competitiveness RUR-06-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Reducing food losses and waste along the agri-food value chain RUR-07-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Thematic networks compiling knowledge ready for practice RUR-15-2018-2019-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Agricultural markets and international trade in the context of sustainability objectives RUR-21-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

 

Call on Food and Natural Resources

FOOD 2030 – Empowering cities as agents of food system transformation CE-FNR-07-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Pilot action for the removal of marine plastics and litter CE-FNR-09-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Innovative textiles – reinventing fashion CE-FNR-14-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

A network of European bioeconomy clusters to advance bio-based solutions in the primary production sector CE-FNR-15-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Pilot circular bio-based cities – sustainable production of bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater CE-FNR-17-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Strengthening the European agro-ecological research and innovation ecosystem FNR-01-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Developing long-term monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the Common Agricultural Policy FNR-02-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

A comprehensive vision for urban agriculture FNR-03-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Towards a European research and innovation roadmap on soils and land management FNR-04-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Husbandry for quality and sustainability FNR-05-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Supporting the food safety systems of the future FNR-08-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Public engagement for the Bioeconomy FNR-10-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Prospecting aquatic and terrestrial natural biological resources for biologically active compounds FNR-11-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Industrial microbiomes – learning from nature FNR-12-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Enzymes for more environment-friendly consumer products FNR-16-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Sustainability of bio-based products – international governance aspects and market update FNR-18-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Defossilising agriculture – solutions and pathways for fossil-energy-free farming LC-FNR-06-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

Bio-based industries leading the way in turning carbon dioxide emissions into chemicals LC-FNR-13-2020. Opening date: 15 October 2019. Deadline date: 22 January 2020 17:00 (Brussels time). Click here to find out more.

 

Other Horizon 2020 funding:

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.