Farming Innovation Pathways - All you need to know about this new £12m funding competition for farm-focused innovations

Posted on: 22.02.2021

The new £12m Farming Innovation Pathways funding competition is for collaborative feasibility studies and industrial research projects around improving food productivity and increasing resilience and sustainability in line with net zero ambitions.

What’s the new Farming Innovation Pathways competition about?

The new Farming Innovation Pathways funding competition is for collaborative feasibility studies and industrial research projects. Studies and projects should focus on the development of innovative farm-focused technologies, systems or approaches. They should help improve food productivity, as well as increasing resilience and sustainability in line with net zero ambitions.

The competition will open on 1 March 2021 and the deadline for applications is 28 April 2021.

Who is behind this competition?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is working with Transforming Food Production to boost investment in the agricultural sector through this competition.

Transforming Food Production (TFP) is a £90 million investment that focuses on food and agriculture. Through regular funding competitions that bring researchers and businesses together, it awards projects that offer precision, data-driven solutions to help shift UK agriculture towards net zero emissions.

Watch this short video to find out more about Transforming Food Production. 

How to find out more about the competition?

Make connections to build your consortium to apply

To apply for this competition, you need to form a consortium including several organisations. KTN is here to help you form powerful connections.

Join our KTN Transforming Food Production Consortia Building Group on LinkedIn to make direct connections with more than 600 group members. You can post about your project and the kind of partners you are looking for.

We have a wide network of innovators and can also connect you with relevant organisations. Get in touch with Simon Baty or Kaeli Johnson if you’d like more support with consortia building.

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Current funding opportunities

Farming Innovation Pathways (FIP) – feasibility studies

Opens: 01/03/2021 Closes: 28/04/2021

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million for feasibility studies to address the farming challenges of productivity, sustainability, and net zero emissions.

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Farming Innovation Pathways (FIP) – industrial research

Opens: 01/03/2021 Closes: 28/04/2021

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £7 million for industrial research to address the farming challenges of productivity, sustainability, and net zero emissions.

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