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UK Rolling Funding Calls

Funding Finder

Here we list some of the UK rolling funding opportunities with relevance to agri-tech – details may change over time. Funding is not provided by Agri-TechE; these are public funding calls.

Industrial Partnerships

An industrial partnership brings together employers across an industry sector to lead the development of skills, with a focus on growth and competitiveness. There are currently 8 partnerships covering the aerospace, automotive, creative, nuclear, digital, energy & efficiency, science and tunnelling (construction) industries.

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) aims to design the vocational training and skills programmes needed by the life sciences and industrial science sectors. The SIP is running six employer designed and driven pilot skills programmes. The Industry Degree Scheme and SMART Apprenticeships are just two examples of the innovative skills programmes led by the partnership; both providing practical experience within businesses that play an active role in shaping the learning to meet business and learner needs. Find out more about the Industrial Partnerships Programme.

BBSRC ‘Stand-alone’ LINK

LINK supports collaborative research projects between at least one company and one academic partner. At least 50% of the full project cost comes from industry.

Applications should be for pre-competitive research that would not be undertaken in this form without LINK support.

Funding is only available for organisations eligible for Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) support. The company partner should either be registered in the UK or have a UK research and development or manufacturing site. More info on LINK opportunity.

Innovate UK Smart grants

Innovate UK Smart grants are available for game-changing and disruptive ideas from business, through a regular, competitive application process. Grants are for projects that can provide evidence for considerable potential to gain market share, generate economic impact and exports.

To apply your business needs either:

  • an idea for a completely new product, service or process
  • a brand-new use or an unprecedented use for an existing product, service or process that takes it above and beyond what’s currently available

It is not limited to a particular industry or technology area. Find out more and check current call opening dates online.

AFN Network+ Stakeholder FlexFund

The AFN Network+ operates a rolling flexible fund for UK-based stakeholders to implement activities that support our mission to build a community of practice working towards achieving net zero through the agri-food sector by 2050. 

The total amount you can apply for is between £1,000 – £5,000.
There are 4 deadlines throughout the year: the next is on 1 August 2024
(Annual deadlines: 1 February; 1 May; 1 August, 1 November)

Open to members of the AFN Network+, the fund is for any UK-based activity that explores, develops and trials solutions to tackle any unsustainable greenhouse gas emitting practices of the agri-food system. This could be at any point: from primary production (agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture) and food processing (food and drink manufacture) to food retail, consumption, and waste management. All activities should be based on knowledge exchange and engagement.

Activities are member-devised and -led and should contribute to identifying and shaping the research, innovation and policy development required to deliver a net zero agri-food system for the UK . Activities funded could include (but are not limited to): events and workshops; discussion panels and roundtables; podcasts; arts/theatre; street activism; farm-led field trials; digital or technology based activities; toolkits and guides.

Note: the Fund is not open to academic staff. working in Higher Education, therefore the Fund cannot be used for Higher Education-based research or for fees to attend academic conferences.

Applicants must create an output from their activity (such as a short report for publication on the Network website) that adds to the work of the AFN Network+ by building knowledge and identifying opportunities and barriers for the transition to a net zero UK  agri-food system. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the communications and social media activity of the AFN Network+.

Find out more and apply.

You can see all current funding calls with relevance to UK agri-tech on our Funding Finder.