Who is this event for?

Farmers, growers and foresters who have a bold, ambitious, early-stage idea to increase productivity and environmental sustainability in agriculture or horticulture.

Your idea will need to have a positive impact in England but you can be based elsewhere in the UK. The funding will be awarded based on the potential impact your idea could have on farming in England.

Webinar recordings are now available

What is the funding for?

  • Projects up to 12 months in length
  • Total project costs between £28k – £56k
  • Farmers and growers to develop ambitious early-stage ideas and build a collaborative team

Where does the funding come from?

This funding is part of the Industry Led R&D Partnerships Fund, which is about solving challenges and exploiting opportunities to increase productivity and environmental sustainability in the agricultural and horticultural sectors in England.

The Industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund was launched in Autumn 2021 and includes several funding competitions like this one.

This fund will be delivered by Defra in partnership with UKRI, building on the success of the UKRI’s £90m Transforming Food Production Challenge. It is part of the Farming Innovation Programme, which supports groups of farmers, growers, businesses and researchers to get involved in collaborative research and development.

Why attend?

Find out more about the scope and eligibility criteria directly from the funders

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All you need to know about the Farming Innovation Programme


  • 13:00 – Introduction from innovate UK KTN
  • 13:10 – Innovate UK – Competition Update
  • 13:45 – Case Studies from previous successful applicants
  • 14:05 – Innovate UK KTN Innovation Broker Role
  • 14:10 – Q&A
  • 14:35 – Closing Remarks