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AgriFood

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

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing AgriFood areas globally, and is key to ensure food security for a growing world population.

Crops

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.

Food

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

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.

Microbiome

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

Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network: May 2021 opportunities

The Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network is providing £90k for pump-priming funds for feasibility studies and preliminary data collection, ring-fenced funds for Early Career Researchers, £5k for Business Interaction Vouchers, and £5k for Networking Visit Funding, open to all UK based researchers at UKRI eligible institutions.

Opens: 04/05/2021 Closes: 06/08/2021

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Tech For Our Planet

The Tech For Our Planet challenge programme is an exciting new opportunity for startups to pilot technology that will help us reach our net zero targets. The best startups will have the chance to showcase their solutions on the international stage at COP26.

Opens: 12/05/2021 Closes: 25/06/2021

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Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/05/2021 Closes: 08/09/2021

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Events

Thu
11
Mar
2021

Farming Innovation Pathways (FIP) competition

09.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Tue
30
Mar
2021

Electronics, Sensors and Photonics (ESP) Solutions to Agri-Food Challenges - Pitching Event

10.00 - 12.15 | Online

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Wed
16
Jun
2021

Insect protein – Innovation and collaboration opportunities for Africa and the UK

09.30 - 13.00 | Online

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News

12.05.2021

Insect protein, a promising solution to boost sustainable agriculture and food production

Sustainability and low environmental impact must be at the core of any new developments in the AgriFood sector. A promising solution involves using insects as an alternative protein source for animal feed, but also as food for human consumption.

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08.06.2021

What the livestock sector needs to make the most of change

In a year full of change, the British Animal Science Society (BSAS) held their first virtual conference, bringing the livestock sector together online and reaching across the globe to talk about “the Challenges of Change”.

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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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