Innovate UK and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are to invest up to £3.75 million in business projects that seek to improve the productivity of agri-food systems using satellite technologies.
A predicted world population in excess of 9 billion by 2050, the increasing wealth of developing countries and the trend towards greater urbanisation will all put increasing strain on the world’s food resources and on the environment.
Satellite technology and increased use of data are already being used to increase the productivity of agricultural systems in a sustainable way.
New European systems such as Galileo and Copernicus and new global data providers are coming online and presenting new opportunities for business.
We are looking for feasibility studies and collaborative R&D projects in both primary production and in the supply chain beyond the farm gate.
Areas for projects could include:
guidance of farm machinery and autonomous systems
yield, biomass and soil mapping and monitoring
livestock monitoring and stock movement traceability
whole farm connectivity
geo-traceability and geo-referencing
compliance and mapping
logistics and delivery
this competition opens on 16 November 2015 and the registration deadline is noon on 17 February 2016
collaborative R&D projects must be led by a business working with at least one partner
we expect collaborative R&D projects to range in size up to £1 million in total costs
small businesses could receive up to 45% of their costs for collaborative R&D projects, medium-sized businesses 35%, large businesses 25%
up to £750,000 will be available for smaller-scale feasibility studies, which can be led by a business working alone or with partners
we expect feasibility studies to range in size from total costs of £45,000 to £200,000
small businesses could receive up to 70% of their costs for feasibility studies, medium-sized businesses 60%, large businesses 50%
a briefing webinar for potential applicants will be held on 16 November 2015, and a consortium-building workshop will be held in London on 7 October 2015