Notice

Funding competition: Agri-Tech Catalyst

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

Detail

The aim of this 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

We expect projects to range in size depending on the award category. Total project costs could be:

  • £150,000 to £400,000 for early-stage technical feasibility studies
  • up to £1.5 million for industrial research
  • up to £800,000 for late-stage experimental development

Projects should last between one year and 18 months for early and late-stage and up to 3 years for industrial research projects.

All projects must be collaborative and include both a UK and eligible developing country partner.

This competition is run in 3 separate streams and as such, the guidance for applicants is slightly different for each stream. Please find attached to the competition notice, 3 guidance for applicant documents related to the 3 streams. Please make sure you follow the correct guidance.

The competition opens on 11 July 2016.

You must register before noon on:

  • 26 October 2016 for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category
  • 25 January 2017 for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards

You must apply before noon on:

  • 2 November 2016 for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category
  • 1 February 2017 for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards

Watch the briefing webinar from 1 August 2016

Attend the consortia building event for potential applicants in London on 14 September 2016

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