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Could your technology transform food production?

Posted on 18/09/2019

Four 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 four 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.

Registration is now open for briefing and consortium building events for the Science and Technology into Practice competition on  27 November in York, and for a Transforming Food Production Briefing Event on 28 November in Northern Ireland.

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

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.

Innovate UK, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, is hosting an online webinar on 19 November and an interactive workshop on 5 December in London to support consortia intending to submit applications for the ISCF Future Food Production Systems competition. Please note that spaces at the London event are limited and will be prioritised to participants that best align to the competition aims and objectives.

 

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.

Registration is now open for a briefing and consortium building event for this competition on 27 November in York.

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.

Transforming Food Production Briefing Event - Northern Ireland on 28th Nov

A Transforming Food Production Briefing Event is taking place on 28th November 2019 at the CAFRE Loughry Campus in Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

This event will allow attendees to;

  • Hear the ambition of the Transforming Food Production programme from the challenge Director Katrina Hayter
  • Find more detailed information about all elements of the Transforming Food Production programme (Future Food Production Systems, China:UK precision for enhancing agricultural productivity and Science and Technology in Practice
  • An opportunity for one to one meetings with Innovate UK and KTN staff to discuss specific project details.

You can find out more and register 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.