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Agri-food funding round-up

Posted on 14/05/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the agriculture and food & drink manufacturing sectors. Updated 10th June 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.

Funding Call for Digital Technology and Soils Projects

Closing date: 28.06.19 at 17:00.

Ensemble has launched applications for seed-funded projects in the area of digital technology and soils. They have two grants, each of £7,500 available. All proposals must be led by an organisation that is eligible for UKRI funding.

Click here to find out more.

WRAP Resource Action Fund - Food Waste Prevention (Large scale grants)

Closing date for applications for Stage 1 Outline Proposals: 01.07.19.

This large-scale grant will fund between £200k to £1M projects.  The aim of this grant is to support the redistribution of a significant volume of food to end beneficiaries through not-for-profit organisations / non-commercial activity. This grant will provide capital infrastructure to help address a current gap in the sector for redistributing food that is currently being wasted, and instead finding solutions for diverting it to people in need.

Click here to find out more.

Food Business Investment Scheme - Wales

Expression of Interest closes: 02.07.19

The Food Business Investment Scheme (FBIS) is provided by the Welsh Government as part of Wales’ Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The scheme is designed to help primary producers of agricultural products in Wales to add value to their outputs by assisting those businesses that do first and/or second stage processing activities.

Click here to find out more.

RSC Emerging Technologies Competition

Competition closes: 05.07.19.

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual initiative for early stage companies and academic entrepreneurs who want to commercialise their technologies to make a global impact.

The competition welcomes applicants from UK and Europe whose tech have a strong component of chemistry and falls in one of the following categories: HealthEnergy & environmentFood & drink; and Enabling technologies.

Click here to find out more.

WRAP Resource Action Fund - Food Waste Prevention (Small scale grants)

Closing date for applications: 11.07.19 (single stage process)

This small-scale grant will fund projects between £20,000 and £170,000. WRAP is managing a programme of grants to provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food. The aim is to address current barriers to food redistribution and to develop new solutions for reducing food waste from surplus food.  The grant is open to small and medium sized businesses who can supply surplus food from food businesses either directly to those in need, or to other organisations who offer this service.

Click here to find out more.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: February 2019

Competition closes: 24.07.19 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 £25 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.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The KTP programme 2019 to 2020 is run continuously throughout the year.

Registration opens: 30.05.19. Closing date: 24.07.19.
Registration opens: 25.07.19. Closing date: 02.10.19.
Registration opens: 03.10.19. Closing date: 11.12.19.
Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 05.02.20.
Registration opens: 06.02.20. Closing date: 01.04.20.

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.

Bacterial Plant Diseases

Application deadline: 25.07.19 at 16:00.

BBSRC, on behalf also of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Scottish Government, has announced a call for research to address threats to UK plant health and biosecurity from bacterial diseases. Proposals are invited for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of bacterial plant pathogens and their interactions with host plants, invertebrate vectors and the wider environment.

Click here to find out more.

Sustainable Management Scheme (Rural Development Programme - Wales)

EoI closes: 06.08.19.

The Sustainable Management Scheme has been designed to support landscape-scale projects delivering action to improve natural resources that deliver benefits to farm and rural businesses and rural communities in Wales. The programme will also support and facilitate co-ordination with other schemes to undertake activities needed to improve the resilience of rural businesses and communities to climate impacts, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to find out more.


GIMA Innovators' Seed Corn Fund

Closing date: 16.08.19.

The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) offers annual grant of £6,000 to help launch innovative, exciting, never before seen products for the gardening market. If you have a new product or invention, and would like to showcase it to leading manufacturers, retailers and distributors in the gardening industry, then this could be just the help you need to get your product to market.

Click here to find out more.

Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

Call closes: 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. This funding call includes 21 topics.

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.

Click here to find out more.

SMART Broiler Research Initiative

Call closes: 05.09.19.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and McDonald’s Corporation have teamed up to offer multiple grants (totalling $4 million) to the groups or individuals who successfully develop and commercialise  automated monitoring tools that can objectively assess key animal welfare indicators in broiler chickens. Phase I: Early Testing and Refinement is designed for applicants to explore potential technologies and monitoring methods. FFAR anticipates funding up to 4 grants during Phase I. Any domestic or international public or private institution, consortium, non-profit organisation, for-profit company, tribal government entity or any combination of the above is eligible to apply.

Click here to find out more.

Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

Applications close: 13.09.19.

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide renowned science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies. The 14 categories include: Aeronautics; Advanced Computing & AI; Cybersecurity & Communication; Digital Health & Medical Devices; Drug Discovery; Energy; Environment; Food & Agriculture; Industrial Biotech; Industry 4.0; Medical Biotech;  Mobility; New Space; and Smart City.

Click here to find out more.

Joint BBSRC-NERC GCRF Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture & Aquaculture

Call opens: 09.07.19. Application deadline: 18.09.19 at 16:00.

BBSRC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will shortly announce a joint call to support the translation of research, to address challenges related to the sustainable enhancement of agriculture (including crops and livestock) and aquaculture (including finfish and shellfish) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients in the Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and South-Eastern Asia regions.

Click here to find out more.

Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards

Closing date: 19.09.19.

EuropaBio invites biotech start-ups and SMEs across Europe to apply for the 10th edition of the Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award – a unique annual initiative recognising biotech innovation and its contribution to society. SMEs can apply in three categories: healthcare, agricultural or industrial biotechnology. Two companies will be shortlisted in each category by a Jury of biotech and SME experts, with the winners celebrated during a landmark event held in Brussels on the 6th November. Each winner will also receive €10,000 prize money and two years free EuropaBio membership (runners-up also receive the latter), in addition to European-level exposure and visibility as well as press coverage.

Click here to find out more.

Landscape Decisions - mathematical and statistical challenges

NERC have pre-announced a call for proposals that develop new mathematics and build on existing models or develop new model solutions for making land-use decisions with the aim of setting a route to develop decision-making tools for end-users such as policymakers and landowners.

The full Announcement of Opportunity, with details of how to apply, will be available in early June 2019. Funds of up to £1·3 million will be available for this call. Grants will be for up to £300,000 (at 80% full economic cost) to run for up to three years. The closing date for expressions of interest will be early July 2019, with the deadline for full proposals in early September 2019.

Further information on the Landscape Decisions programme can be found here.

UK Research and Innovation Strength in Places Fund: Wave 2 EoI

Competition opens: 03.06.19. Competition closes: 09.10.19 at 12:00pm.

Consortia of UK businesses and research organisations can apply for ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £50,000 to develop full applications for wave 2 of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund. Projects must focus on any one technological area, sector or discipline. At full stage your proposal can draw on a mix of capital and revenue funding appropriate to the activities proposed. Your project proposal should take a place-based approach to research and innovation funding.

Click here to find out more.

BactiVac Catalyst Training Awards

The call for applications is an open call, you can apply at any time. This scheme will be run up to August 2021.

Catalyst funding is available to support training opportunities and exchanges, prioritising those involving LMIC members and academic/industrial partners, for the transfer of knowledge and skills in bacterial vaccinology. Up to £6,000 per award is available and each training visit is expected to be up to three months in duration. The aim of this funding scheme will be to support members to train in vaccine research & development (R&D), targeting the main preclinical to clinical area of focus for BactiVac.

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.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S)

The UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly known as The Rainbow Seed Fund) is a £27.1m early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base. UKI2S works closely with its partners – led by STFC, BBSRC and NERC, which are all part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Dstl — and is aligned with the Catapults and Innovate UK to create the best environment for innovation to flourish and in turn, boost the UK’s competitiveness and productivity by commercialising key technological advances in industrial biotech, ag tech, healthcare, medicine, clean energy, materials, artificial intelligence, software and space. Foodtech is also within scope.

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.

KTN has a range of training videos for UK companies in how to write a successful project proposal for European funding.

UK businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Currently open calls include:

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.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 1 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 04.11.20. Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 2 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 07.10.20. Click here to find out more.