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Could your technology transform food production?

Posted on 18/09/2019

Five competitions are now live as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Food Production programme.

Updated 21th November 2019.

The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity. Transforming Food Production is recognised as a key driver of Clean Growth under the Industrial Strategy.

The £90 million Transforming Food Production programme aims to integrate current world-class UK capabilities (digital technologies, artificial intelligence, engineering, biological, environmental and social sciences) into precision approaches both within new novel production systems and traditional agricultural systems to target net zero emissions.

The next phase of the programme was launched on 3rd October 2019. A selection of video recordings and slide decks from this event are now available for download (see below).

The first five competitions are now open for:

Future Food Production Systems

UK-China: Precision for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

Science and Technology into Practice – Demonstration programme

Science and Technology into Practice – Feasibility Studies programme.

UK – Canada Bilateral Competition

Registration is now open for briefing. KTN has set up a LinkedIn group to facilitate connections between people offering and looking for partners, this group can be joined here.

Interactive workshop to help you develop your application

Innovate UK is organising an interactive workshop on Friday 24th January in London to support organisations and consortia developing applications for the current ISCF Transforming Food Production Science and Technology into Practice competitions. The two competitions will award up to £15 million for projects that have the potential to improve productivity and sustainability and contribute to the target of net zero emissions from agriculture by 2040.  Both competitions close on 26th February  2020.
The workshop is a great opportunity for individuals and existing consortia to further develop their thoughts, networks and collaborations in preparation for submitting a proposal to the either the Demonstration or Feasibility competitions.

Click here for more information about the workshop.

UK – Canada Bilateral Competition Briefing and Consortium Building Event

The UK-Canada Bilateral Competition offers funding for projects that improve the productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems. If you’re interested in this funding, come to our UK – Canada Bilateral Competition Briefing and Consortium Building Event on Thursday 13th February 2020 in Birmingham. You’ll find out about the competition scope, consortia eligibility, specific details on UK-Canada bilateral requirements and more.

Click here to find out more.

Video recordings

Please click on the links below to access video recordings from the event on 3rd October in London which outlined the next phase of the Transforming Food Production programme:

Keynote – Paul Clarke CBE, Ocado

Transforming Food Production – Katrina Hayter, Innovate UK

Future Food Production Systems – Andrew McLay, IUK

Application Process – Lydia Weir-Blankenstein, Innovate UK

Transforming Food Production Competitions

Future food production systems

Up to £20 million of grant funding is available for projects that disrupt the traditional land-based models of food production. Projects must create integrated, data-driven solutions to drive agricultural productivity as well as target net zero emissions. They will consider a broad range of technologies and systems. The competition closes on 22nd January 2020 at midday (12:00pm).  You can find out more on the Innovate UK competition page here.

 

UK-China: precision for enhancing agricultural productivity

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to work with Chinese partners to develop new integrated precision farming technology and help achieve net-zero emissions. The aim of this competition is to encourage the use of data-intensive methods for commercial farming. Competition registration closes on 15th January 2020 at midday (12:00pm). You can find out more on the Innovate UK competition page here.

 

Science and technology into practice programme

A key component of the ISCF Transforming Food Production funding mechanism is the Science and Technology into Practice programme, made up of feasibility and demonstration competitions. The programme aims to increase engagement and collaboration between R&D, end-users and all stakeholders.

The Demonstration strand of the Science and Technology into Practice programme is now open, with a closing date of 26 February 2020 at 12:00pm. You can can find out more about this competition here.

The Feasibility Studies strand of the Science and Technology into Practice programme is now open, with a closing date of 26 February 2020 at 12:00pm. You can can find out more about this competition here.

Partnering

In addition to hosting consortium building events KTN has set up a LinkedIn group to facilitate connections between people offering and looking for partners, this group can be joined here.