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Agri-food funding round-up

Posted on 04/01/2019

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

Updated: 18th February 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.

The Innocent Foundation Grants

Competition closes: 22.02.19 at 17:00.

The Innocent Foundation aims to help the poorest families to feed themselves and adapt to a changing climate, building resilience for now and for the future. They are looking for visionary people and organisations who are tackling hunger in simple, smart and sometimes radical ways.

Click here to find out more.


Plan Plastic: The Million Pound Challenge

Application deadline: 24.02.19.

Waitrose & Partners has launched a £1 million grant fund to accelerate action on reducing plastic pollution. The fund will give grants between £150,000 to £300,000 to innovative projects that rethink how we all use and dispose of plastic. They are looking for a small number of projects to support over one year, starting in April 2019.

Projects need to address one of the following challenge areas: Plastics in the community; Education; Public behaviour change; Food, agriculture and farming; Microplastics.

Click here to find out more.

Rural Business Investment Scheme - Food (Wales)

Closes: 26.02.19

The Rural Business Investment Scheme – Food (RBISF) covers capital investments costs and supports projects that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to the food and drink industry in Wales. The scheme is open to existing and start up micro & small food and drink processor’s and manufacturers throughout Wales.

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.

Click here to find out more.

Eureka Eurostars 2: Round 11

Competition closes: 28.02.19 at 19:00.

Innovative SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries.  This competition is aimed at small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders. These enterprises often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Click here to find out more.

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.

Ag-Tech Developer Challenge

Deadline for submissions: 15.03.19.

The Ag-Tech Developer Challenge is a competition to build a remote-sensing data product that links to and adds value to mobile-enabled Farm Development Plans (FDPs). Two prizes, one of €100,000 ($115,000) and one of €75,000 ($86,000) will be awarded for the best ideas to be implemented, but all entries may be considered for future engagement with the Rainforest Alliance.

The Rainforest Alliance, Grameen Foundation, Touton, Satelligence, University of Ghana, and Waterwatch Projects have set up the SAT4Farming program, an initiative to reach thousands of small-scale cocoa producers with information and services to improve their productivity and sustainability. It is designed to use digital technology and satellite imagery to create digital individual FDPs that guide farmers over a seven-year period with the aim of increasing their productivity to up to 1500 kgs per hectare (a 300% increase).

Click here to find out more.

BioBase4SME Innovation Bootcamp - specialist training worth €7,000

Deadline for applications: 18.03.19.

Biobase4SME offers fully funded, specialist training for you and your business, worth €7000*. Join other new, high-growth, bio-based businesses for an intensive, week-long course that will give you the tools you need to help you commercialise your idea and grow your company. The Innovation Bootcamp will take place on 5-10 May 2019 in Bovendonk, Netherlands.

Click here to find out more.

FACCE SURPLUS 3rd Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission of pre-proposals: 19.03.19 at 14:00 CET.

FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) is an ERA-NET Cofund. The aim of this Call is to further improve collaboration in the area of food and nonfood biomass production and transformation systems, and in particular to explore options on how to utilise all the biomass from agricultural land, uncultivated land and forestry with a holistic view with regards to food and non-food systems. Note, the UK’s participation in this call through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to be confirmed.

Click here to find out more.

Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

Competition opens: 25.02.19. Competition closes: 20.03.19 at 12:00pm

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

KTN is hosting Analysis for Innovators (A4I) roadshow events throughout February 2019.  A competition briefing event will be held in London on 27th February.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: February 2019

Competition closes: 24.04.19 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 £20 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.

UK and Canada: enhancing industrial productivity

Registration closes: 02.05.19 at 12:00pm

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets with Canadian partners. The UK and Canada are running a joint grant funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative research and development (CR&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.

They welcome proposals from advanced manufacturing businesses, food and drink processers, and automation and artificial intelligence (AI) innovators, including those applying ‘AI for design’ techniques.

Click here to find out more.

Call opens: 04.04.19. Expected deadline (TBC): 04.09.19 at 17:00 CET. The

Call opens: 04.04.19. Expected deadline (TBC): 04.09.19 at 17:00 CET.

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, this EU body is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.

The scientific priorities for 2019 are the following:

  1. Foster the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chains;
  2. Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through research, development and innovation;
  3. Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications;
  4. Create and accelerate the market-uptake of bio-based products and applications.

This funding call includes 21 topics which will be released soon.

Click here to find out more.

UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Application deadline: 01.05.19 at 16:00.

UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) provide PhD training in areas of research relevant to  UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council’s (UKRI-BBSRC)  remit and priority research areas. Building on the two previous DTP programmes, institution-level or multi-institution bids are invited to apply to the third phase of UKRI-BBSRC DTPs. It is anticipated that up to 15 DTPs will be awarded. The funding for each four-year studentship will include £5,000 p.a. research training support costs, as well as student stipend and fees at standard research council levels. Each doctoral candidate will take a three-month internship during their PhD, to experience working in an area not directly related to their PhD project.

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 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.

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.