In October 2021, Defra will launch the first of its competitions within the ‘Industry-led R&D Partnerships fund’, part of its Farming Innovation Programme.
Defra has said:
‘Through this fund, we want to encourage groups of farmers, growers, businesses and researchers to get involved in collaborative research and development. We believe that by working together, they will be able to solve challenges and exploit opportunities for increasing productivity and environmental sustainability in the agricultural and horticultural sectors in England.
The Farming Innovation Programme will also support knowledge exchange between farmers, growers, businesses, and researchers. This will enable the results and learnings from the projects to be shared widely and will still benefit those who cannot directly take part in the competitions.’
Farming Innovation Programme – competitions launch in October:
- Research Starter Projects
Aim: 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
Aim: To test the feasibility of early-stage solutions and to inform decisions on subsequent larger scale R&D projects
- Small R&D Partnership Projects
Aim: To carry out R&D for innovative solutions that have the potential to substantially improve overall productivity, sustainability and resilience of the sector
Farmers and growers with an exciting idea can apply for the funding. For the larger projects, a group of agri-businesses wanting to collaborate with other businesses, researchers and end users can do so to develop and commercialise an innovative product.
The Industry-led R&D Partnerships fund will be delivered in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), building on the success of their £90m Transforming Food Production Challenge. This will also expand on the partnership with UKRI for the Farming Innovation Pathways competition launched earlier this year.
To find out more about the competitions and how the process works, please visit the Defra website.