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Agri-tech innovation in developing countries: apply for funding

UK businesses and universities can apply for a share of up to £4 million to develop agri-tech innovations with developing country partners.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has up to £4 million to fund round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst.

The aim of the competition is to increase the pace and scale of uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries and to achieve:

  • a sustained reduction of poverty and hunger for smallholder farmers
  • a sustainable intensification in developing country agriculture
  • improvements in human health and diversity in diets and nutrition
  • a positive impact on rural income and food security
  • opportunities for trade in agricultural products

Agricultural science and technology is one of the world’s fastest growing and exciting markets. The global challenges that are driving this rapid growth include:

  • a rising population
  • climate change
  • rapid development of emerging economies with western lifestyle aspirations
  • growing geopolitical instability around shortages of land, water and energy

The government’s UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies is helping the UK respond to these challenges. It has invested £160 million in the Agri-Tech Catalyst and 4 Centres for Agricultural Innovation.

Innovate UK is running this competition.

Competition information

  • This competition is open now
  • The registration deadline for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category is noon on 26 October 2016
  • The registration deadline for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards is noon on 25 January 2017
  • The application deadline for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category is 2 November 2016
  • The application deadline for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards is noon on 1 February 2017