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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.

Maximise your chances for success when applying for funding

KTN are often first to find out about funding opportunities for AgriFood innovation from government and organisations, including Innovate UK. We inform the AgriFood community about this funding and how to apply for it. We can also partner with organisations to deliver funding on their behalf.

KTN produce events that not only provide in-depth information about funding opportunities but also allow innovators to meet collaborators and connect with the right people and opportunities.

If you decide to apply for funding, one of our team will help guide you towards the most appropriate funding call for your project and give you guidance on how to write a successful application. This funding could range from grant to investment funding.

Make connections to fast track your project

You’ll be matched with the person in our team who is the most knowledgeable about your project. We have experts in livestockaquaculturefoodcrops and we collaborate with key international AgriFood markets like Africa and Colombia.

If we identify that you’ll benefit from connecting with another organisation to help you achieve your goals, we’ll identify partners best suited to your needs.

If you need technology or expertise that you don’t have in-house, we’ll put you in touch with someone who can help.

Read about how we’ve helped: 
– Start-up Earthly Biochar build powerful connections and access funding to accelerate their innovation.
– AgriTech company Breedr win two grants, raise private investment and collaborate with a major player in their sector.
– 15 organisations come together to form the the Insectrial Revolution project, and win £5.9m in funding.

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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.

Funding Opportunities

UK Seafood Fund: Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships scheme

The FISP scheme will improve and share knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture by funding data collection and research to support sustainable fisheries management. You can apply for contracts of up to £300,000 to carry out a full research project (through FISP part B), or grants of up to £20,000 to develop research proposals (through FISP part A).

Opens: 28/03/2022 Closes: 16/05/2022

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Farming Innovation Programme - large R&D partnership projects

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.

Opens: 30/03/2022 Closes: 29/06/2022

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Farming Futures R&D Fund: Climate smart farming

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million from the Farming Futures R&D Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme. Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England. Expression of interest required, with full details to follow at stage 2.

Opens: 30/03/2022 Closes: 18/05/2022

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Energy innovation for sustainable processing and manufacturing in African AgriFood

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Farming Innovation Programme - Large R&D Partnership Projects

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Farming Innovation Programme Research Starter Projects - Briefing Event

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Young Innovators Success Stories: Marcus Comaschi, GyroPlant, South East

When Marcus received the Young Innovators Award from Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust, his time was split between his day job as a freelance design engineer and progressing his concept for a sustainability-focused vertical farming innovation.

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Young Innovators Success Stories: Lottie Hawkins, Earthly Biochar, South West

For Lottie Hawkins, Founder of Earthly Biochar, taking a product from early-stage development to market has been a massive learning curve.

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Programmes related to AgriFood

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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.

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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.

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AgriFood Landscape

Connecting the UK’s growing AgriFood industry with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

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