Innovation in agriculture: funding opportunities for business

Businesses are invited to apply for the latest round of funding from the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst, set up to support innovative solutions to global agricultural challenges.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst is run by Innovate UK in partnership with theBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Its aim is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability by supporting business and researchers addressing the challenges of:

  • a rising population
  • rapid development of emerging economies
  • shortages of land, water and energy

The fourth round of funding opens on 8 January 2015 and closes on 24 June 2015. It is open to any UK business or research partner and projects must be collaborative.

Key features

The Agri-Tech Catalyst funds projects in:

  • primary production
  • non-food uses of crops
  • food security and nutrition challenges in international development
  • challenges in food processing where the solution lies in primary production

There are three types of award:

  • funding for early-stage feasibility studies
  • funding for industrial research including technology development, laboratory prototypes, product development planning, field trials and market testing
  • late-stage funding for real-life trials to evaluate commercial potential
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