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Agri-food funding round-up

Posted on 02/11/2018

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the agriculture and food & drink manufacturing sectors.

Updated: 13th December 2018

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

Open date: 13.12.18 – Closing date: 06.02.19
Open date: 07.02.19 – Closing date: 20.03.19

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.

European Space Agency’s “Space and Biotechnology” opportunity

Closing date: 21.01.19

The European Space Agency’s “Space and Biotechnology” opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop biotechnology services that can benefit from using space-based data or capabilities. This opportunity enables companies to carry out in-depth analyses on the technical feasibility and economic viability of applications across a range of themes including: Plant Science; Environmental Monitoring; Combating desertification; Controlled-Environment Agriculture; Biopharma; Plant Engineering; Digital Health; Biofuel Production; Logistics and maintenance; Agro-terrorism; Bio-crime.

Click here to find out more.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) - Blue Economy

Application deadline: 31.01.19.

This call for proposals aims to accelerate the development and implementation of the EU Maritime Policy and the sustainable deployment of the blue economy across Europe. This general objective is further divided into specific objectives as described under each of the 3 topics that are part of this call for proposals.

Blue Labs – This action aims at promoting innovative “laboratories” (Blue Labs) to pilot new and viable solutions addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities in the blue economy.Click here to find out more.

Blue Careers -This topic promotes innovative approaches to strengthen the cooperation between industry and education in order to bridge the gap between skills’ offer and demand. Click here to find out more.

Blue Economy – this topic aims to support demonstration projects based on innovative technologies testing/deploying/scaling-up of new industrial or service applications and solutions for the blue economy. Click here to find out more.

UK Israel open collaborative competition 2018

Registration closes: 27.02.19 at 12:00pm. Competition closes: 11.03.19 at 12:00pm.

UK and Israel are announcing a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets. UK project total eligible costs are expected to be between £200,000 and £250,000. Projects are expected to last up to 24 months.

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Connect Local Regional Food Fund (Scotland)

Submission deadline: 01.03.19.

The Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) is a grant to support growth in Scotland’s local / regional food and drink sector.  This is a competitive fund and applicants can apply for grants up to a maximum of £5000. This fund will support initiatives and projects in Scotland which celebrate and promote locally sourced and produced food and drink, in line with the priorities of Ambition 2030. The fund is for collaborative projects where groups of producers and food & drink businesses benefit from these initiatives and projects are expected to deliver benefits over the long-term.

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.

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 €77 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.

Currently open calls of relevance to agri-food include:

Sustainable Food Security – Topics include Valorising Urban Biowaste, Personalised Nutrition, Microbiome, Integrated Pest Management, Animal Welfare, and more. Various deadlines. Click here to find out more.

Rural Renaissance – Enhancing the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas. Topics include Closing Nutrient Cycles, ICT Innovation for Agriculture, Modern Rural Policies, Preparing Farmers for the Digital Age, and more. Various deadlines. Click here to find out more.

Blue Growth – aims at sustainably harvesting the potential of resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries. Topics include Aquaculture. Various deadlines. Click here to find out more.

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.