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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.


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Our current focus in this area

AgriFood Africa (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

AgriFood Landscape

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


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

GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Competition

KTN is pleased to announce a further call for GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards to encourage UK research partners to address AgriFood challenges in Africa. In total, up to £800k will be available to support a maximum of 20 awards.

Opens: 15/09/2020 Closes: 10/11/2020

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Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network 2020 Funding Calls

A new 3-year, £500K Network is being established to tackle food waste and to improve quality in
horticultural and potato crops.

Opens: 23/09/2020 Closes: 15/01/2021

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African agriculture knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2020 to 2021, round 4

UK registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £2 million to help fund an innovation project with another knowledge base and a business partner registered in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa.

Opens: 06/10/2020 Closes: 28/10/2020

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AgriFood Tech Investment Showcase 2020

14.00 - 17.00 | Online

Recording coming soon


Photonics for...AgriFood

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Transforming Food Production: Series A Investor Partnership Programme, SME Competition Briefing

14.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Agri-food funding round-up

The latest funding calls of relevance to the agriculture and food & drink manufacturing sectors. Updated 7th October 2020.


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An opportunity to invest in some of the most innovative AgriFood Tech companies in the UK

Nine companies working on groundbreaking tech ideas will pitch for investment during KTN’s AgriFood Tech Investment Showcase. 

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Programmes related to AgriFood

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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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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

For over 40 years Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been helping businesses innovate for growth by accessing the UK’s world-leading knowledge base.

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Young Innovators

The Young Innovators programme, which includes annual awards for young people with creative and ground-breaking business ideas and a high-profile #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, is a partnership between Innovate UK and the Prince’s Trust.

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