- d remove the need for pesticides in production
UKRI Challenge Director for the TFP challenge, Katrina Hayter, said:
As the UK gets ready to host COP26 in November, it is timely that we can unveil so many great projects in the vital area of agriculture that will help meet our net zero goals.
Working closely with farmers in the innovation process means that pressing challenges are identified. Solving these challenges will result in maximising productivity, reducing emissions, and making our farms more resilient and sustainable.
- three of the four competitions within the Industry-led R&D Partnerships fund open to applications on 20th October for 5-6 weeks. The fourth will be rolled out in early 2022
- competitions details (Research Starter Projects; Feasibility Projects; Small R&D Partnership Projects) are available on the Innovation Funding Service
From October 2021:
- Research Starter Projects – To help farmers and growers with bold, ambitious early-stage ideas develop them further and build a collaborative team – for those who haven’t previously received Innovate UK funding
- Feasibility Projects – To test the feasibility of early-stage solutions and to inform decisions on subsequent larger scale R&D projects
- Small R&D Partnership Projects – To carry out R&D for innovative solutions that have the potential to substantially improve overall productivity, sustainability and resilience of the sector
From Spring 2022:
- Large R&D Partnership Projects – Launching early 2022, this will provide funding for larger-scale R&D and demonstration of solutions that have the potential to substantially improve overall productivity, sustainability and resilience of the sector
- each competition within the R&D Partnership Fund will offer different scales of funding. Project teams will be able to apply for grants towards the total project costs, while providing some of their own match funding.
- the competitions will be open to applications for 5-6 weeks, with different closing dates for each competition.
- video recordings of applicant briefing events are available on the competition pages.
- more information on the new competitions and how to get involved can be found on the UKRI website
- further information will follow in the coming months on the other funds available in the Programme, including the Farming Futures R&D Fund, and the Projects to Accelerate Adoption Fund