KTN helps organisations interested in AgriFood innovation access the expert information, funding and connections needed to drive change. Our experts work with businesses of all sizes; locally, nationally and globally.
Our current focus in this area
Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing AgriFood areas globally, and is key to ensure food security for a growing world population.
Plants and crops underpin the health, wellbeing and food security of our growing population. We depend on them through direct consumption or indirectly via livestock consumption.
The Food and Drink Manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. In terms of economic contribution, it accounts for 17% of all UK manufacturing GVA (£28.2 billion).
Livestock plays a key role in UK agriculture, helping to provide high quality food such as meat, milk and eggs, and contributing £14.7bn in output to the UK economy in 2020.
The Microbiome Innovation Network (formerly SIG) aims to accelerate the commercialisation of microbiome-based products and services in the UK and create a vibrant community by connecting industry and academia.
Current AgriFood funding opportunities
Farming Innovation Programme small R&D partnership projects round 2
Opens: 31/08/2022 Closes: 02/11/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £11million for Small R&D Partnership Projects from the Industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.
Farming Innovation Programme - feasibility round 2
Opens: 31/08/2022 Closes: 12/10/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £5.5 million for feasibility projects, from the Industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.
Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 6
Opens: 20/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
Related Events and Recordings
Energy innovation for sustainable processing and manufacturing in African AgriFood
09.30 - 12.00 | Online
Farming Innovation Programme - Research Starter Pilot - Briefing Event
13.00 - 14.45 | Online
Innovation for Growth Series: Agri-Innovation for Food Resilience
10.00 - 12.00 | Swindon
Recording coming soon
Knowledge Transfer Manager AgriFood - Livestock and Aquaculture
Contact Caroline Griffin
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Programmes related to AgriFood
Agrifood Africa Connect
AgriFood Africa Connect brings innovative people and organisations across the UK and Africa together to address key AgriFood challenges in Africa. We build diverse connections across the UK and Africa to drive positive change that aligns with the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance goals.
AgriFood Africa Connect Map
Showcasing the AgriFood innovation landscape in Africa, the AgriFood Africa Connect Map makes it easier for UK and African organisations to collaborate on projects, provides information on the Agriculture and Food (AgriFood) sector across Africa, and helps connect innovators to enable collaboration and address key global challenges.
Connecting the UK’s growing AgriFood industry with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.