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Farming Innovation Programme - large R&D partnership projects UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme. Eligibility This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. You must involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and a research organisation. Open now Opened: 30 March 2022 Closes: 29 June 2022

Programme: Innovate Uk

Award:

Opens: 30 March 2022

Closes: 29 June 2022

Description

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will work with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £8 million in innovation projects.

This funding is part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme which is delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge.

The aim of this competition is to:

  • drive the development and demonstration of solutions that have the potential to substantially improve overall productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability
  • help the sector mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change
  • ensure solutions deliver positive benefits for England’s farmers, growers, or foresters in commercially relevant situations
  • accelerate research development and demonstration of new agricultural solutions by driving collaboration through active engagement of end users and the wider UK research community in the innovation process
  • enable adoption by demonstrating knowledge exchange to the wider sector and other stakeholders
Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will:

  • work with end users across the supply chain to identify the major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities
  • benefit farmers, growers, or foresters in England
  • build understanding of how your approach can best achieve widespread use, developing a theory of change, working with economists, social scientists, and other relevant experts
  • have scalable solutions that can be taken up widely and have widespread impact
  • demonstrate how the project will support a transformative change in the agriculture or horticultural sectors
  • develop and deliver a knowledge exchange (KE) plan that identifies the targets for the solution with a clear dissemination plan
  • how you will exploit the outputs of the project, and expected outcomes in terms of solution adoption

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they are applying to the correct competition for their project.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type

Grant

Project size

Your project’s total costs must be between £3 million and £5 million.

Who can apply

Your project

If you are successful, any awards given to primary agricultural producers are subject to the green box exemption under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. Please see further guidance on green box subsidies here WTO Guidance for support in Agriculture. Applicants receiving this type of support must ensure that there is minimal to no distortion of trade and comply with the requirements of Annex 2 of the Agriculture Agreement.

Your project must:

  • have total costs between £3 million and £5 million
  • start by 1 February 2023
  • end by 31 January 2027
  • last up to 48 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in England
  • have a minimum of 50% of any grant requested by farmers, growers or foresters, allocated to farmers, growers or foresters based in England

Lead organisation

To lead a project, your organisation must:

Funding

Defra and UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge have allocated up to £8 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

If the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation
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