Farming Innovation Programme - research starter pilot - EoI Farming, growing or forestry businesses based in England can apply for a share of up to £1million for feasibility projects. This is an expression of interest competition. Eligibility This competition is open to single applicants. To lead a project your organisation must: be a farming, growing or forestry business of any size based in England be able to evidence that you are an established business, including sole traders and partnerships have a UK bank account not have been awarded Innovate UK funding as a project lead within the last 5 years Opening soon Opens: 20 October 2021 Closes: 24 November 2021
Programme: Innovate Uk
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will work with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £1million 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.
This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. If your application is successful, you will be invited to apply to a full stage competition.
This two stage competition is designed to make funding accessible to a wider range of applicants. Applicants that are successful in the EoI stage will be able to access independent support to help them complete the full application stage. The full stage will open in February 2022.
The aim of this competition is to:
Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
This is one of three competitions:
It is your responsibility to ensure you are applying to the correct competition for your project.
If you apply to the wrong competition you will be made ineligible and will not be sent for assessment, you cannot transfer your application.
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Project cost details are not required at the EoI stage. At the full application stage your project’s total eligible costs must be between £28,000 and £56,000.
If your application is successful in this EoI stage, you will be invited to apply for a full stage competition. In the full stage you must collaborate with other eligible partners.
Your full stage project must:
If you are successful at the full stage, 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.
To lead a project your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead at the full stage, your organisation must be a UK registered organisation or a farmer, grower or forester based in the UK.
Number of applications
A business can only lead on one EoI application.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
At the full application stage, we will not award you funding if you have:
This competition provides funding in line with the UK's obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control. Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent guidance from the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. We will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the full application stage.
EU State aid rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.
If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. We are unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.
You must make sure at all times that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.
This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.
If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean we need to change the terms of this competition, we will tell you as soon as possible.
Defra and UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge have allocated up to £1million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Your full project cost information will only be required at the full application stage.
At the full stage 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 feasibility studies you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.
For the full stage, research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 60% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Of that 60% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to: