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Could your technology transform food production?

Posted on 18/09/2019

Video recordings and slides from an event highlighting the next phase of the Transforming Food Production programme are available now.

Updated 14th October 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 the relaunch are now available for download (see below).

The first two competitions are now open  for Future Food Production Systems and UK-China: Precision for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity. KTN is hosting a consortium building event and webcast for the UK-China competition on 5th November 2019 in London. 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.

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

Currently open competitions

ISCF 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.

KTN is hosting a UK–China Bilateral Competition Briefing and Consortium Building Event on 5th November 2019 in London. Please note that places at the event are limited, so we are operating an expression of interest system.

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.