The Agri-Tech Catalyst

Funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline to tackle challenges in agriculture.


The £70 million Agri-tech Catalyst funding scheme helps businesses and researchers commercialise their research and develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agri-tech sector.

The scheme will help to take innovations all the way from research to as close to commercial viability as possible, awarding grants for:

  • early-stage feasibility studies
  • industrial research
  • late-stage experimental development.

Any UK business or academic researcher can apply. All projects must be collaborative except for late-stage awards which can support individual companies or business partners working together through collaboration.

Developing country partners must be involved for applicants targeting international development.

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

Applications from the aquaculture and livestock sectors are particularly encouraged, as are crop sector projects targeting weed control and on-farm storage and management. Projects targeting the late-stage award category are also encouraged.

The Agri-tech Catalyst will not fund equine-related proposals, or proposals relating to forestry or wild-capture fisheries.

How to apply

Agri-tech Catalyst funding is offered through an open competition run by Innovate UK. Details on how to apply.

Visit the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Catalyst website for tips on how to apply and help finding project partners.


Published 31 July 2015