The aim of this competition is to support the development of novel innovations to develop and support a productive, resilient, and sustainable agricultural sector. This funding is from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This development is achieved through the investment of up to £5 million in feasibility studies in the agricultural sector.

Your project must address one or more high priority areas in at least one of these four industry subsectors:

  • Livestock.
  • Plant.
  • Novel food production systems.
  • Bioeconomy and agroforestry.

Your proposal must engage with farmers, growers or producers to explore the potential of early-stage farm-focused solutions. These solutions must solve the short to long-term challenges of productivity, sustainability, and net zero emissions.”

This competition is split into 2 strands:

  1. feasibility studies (this strand)
  2. industrial research

This competition is for collaborative feasibility studies only.

Your proposal should focus on the early-stage development of technologies, systems or approaches that will make significant steps towards improving productivity, increasing sustainability and resilience. It must:

  • demonstrate or deliver outcomes or benefits for farmers
  • help the agriculture sector to move towards achieving net zero emissions by 2040

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £75,000 and £250,000
  • start by 1 October 2021
  • last between 12 and 18 months

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

Research organisation led projects must collaborate with at least one business.

3 March 2021: Applicant briefing event: register to join

11 March 2021: KTN consortium building event: register to join

If you want help to find a project partner, contact KTN’s Agrifood team.