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£70m Agri-Tech Catalyst

The £70m ‘Agri-Tech Catalyst' funding scheme has been launched to help businesses and researchers develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology (‘agri-tech') sector. 

The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to provide an economic boost to the UK agri-tech industry, by tackling challenges in agriculture.

The scheme will help to take innovations all the way from concept to commercialisation, awarding grants for early-stage pre-industrial research feasibility studies, industrial research, and late-stage pre-experimental and experimental feasibility studies. Any UK business or academic researcher can apply.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will fund proposals relating to:

  • primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
  • non-food uses of crops including ornamentals (for example, for biomass)
  • food security and nutrition challenges in international development 
  • challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.

Round 4 is open now

For more details about the fourth round of the competition, please see below:

  • Early-stage awards - These projects will explore the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea through feasibility studies. Registration deadline: 17 June 2015. Submission deadline: 24 June 2015.
  • Industrial research awards - These projects will aim to develop innovative solutions, eg through technology development, lab-based prototyping, product development planning, field trials, and market testing. Registration deadline: 1 April 2015. Deadline for expressions of interest: 8 April 2015. Deadline for stage 2 submission: 24 June 2015.
  • Late-stage awards - These projects evaluate or trial the commercial potential of an innovative conceptin a real-life environment ahead of deployment. This can be through pre-experimental feasibility studies or experimental development. Registration deadline: 17 June 2015. Submission deadline: 24 June 2015.

The KTN Agri-Food team is organising a networking event to promote Round 4 of the £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst, which is now open. The event will be held in Birmingham on 24th February 2015. Click here to register.

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