SBRI: The Sustainable Production & Supply of Food Challenge

Cardiff Council, in collaboration with Monmouthshire Council and their wider partnership, are seeking to identify and support projects to develop innovative solutions which can significantly improve the sustainable production and supply of locally grown food in the Cardiff Capital Region.

Funding Details
When

Registration Opens

01/08/2022

Registration Closes

31/10/2022

Award

Phase 1: up to £50,000 (inc. VAT) per project. Phase 2: £800,000 total funding (inc. VAT). Phase 3: £1,000,000 total funding (inc. VAT). Each phase is only open to successful projects from the previous phase.

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The Sustainable Production & Supply of Food Challenge wishes to raise awareness of this upcoming £2.6 million SBRI Challenge. You are invited to register your interest for upcoming awareness events to be delivered in August/September 2022.

(Note that the SBRI page, linked below, says this is “currently closed to new ideas” – please register your interest to be informed when it is opened to new ideas, later this year!)

The current timetable is for the first phase of the three phase Challenge to commence in October 2022. In total, the three phases will last until at least March 2025.

Introduction

The Food Challenge Partnership in the Cardiff Capital Region is looking for your innovative solutions to help address the issues of:

  1. How to increase the sustainable production of food in the region and generate positive economic, social and environmental impacts, and
  2. How to supply nutritious, locally grown food whilst ensuring a fair price for producers and the wellbeing of future generations.

We are interested in sustainable food production and supply chain solutions which can be applied to the public sector, private and third sector to maximise commercial opportunities.

Background

The Climate Change Emergency, COVID-19 pandemic, the UK’s departure from the European Union, increased energy prices combined with the Russia-Ukraine war has and will continue to present challenges to our food systems. These events have highlighted how heavily dependent the UK is on imported foods. Cardiff Council and Monmouthshire Council recognise that the way we produce, supply and consume food in the future will play a major part in determining how successful we are in living up to the unprecedented challenges that face us in terms of the climate change emergency, biodiversity loss and diet-related illness. Shifting our food and farming system to capitalise on our local assets presents enormous opportunities for the health of our economy, people and the planet.

The Challenge

Cardiff Council, in collaboration with Monmouthshire Council and our wider partnership, are seeking to identify and support projects to develop innovative solutions which can significantly improve the sustainable production and supply of food. The Challenge looks for applicants to harness the potential of land, technology and people to increase the sustainable production and supply of locally grown food in the Cardiff Capital Region.

The Challenge requires applicants to clearly demonstrate:

  • Problem 1: how they will increase the sustainable production of food in the region and generate positive economic, social and environmental impacts.
  • Problem 2: how they will supply nutritious, locally grown food whilst ensuring a fair price for producers and the wellbeing of future generations.

Applicants can request to solve one or both problems within the Challenge. However, we would strongly recommend and encourage partnerships between applicants so that both problems can be addressed in tandem.

We are interested in sustainable food production and supply chain solutions which can be applied to the public sector, private and third sector to maximise commercial opportunities.

Funding Allocation and Project Details

The competition will run in three phases (subject to viable solutions coming from earlier phases):

  • Phase 1 is intended to show the feasibility of the proposed concept. Development contracts will be for a duration of 3 months and up to £50,000 (inc. VAT) per project. The number of projects awarded will be dependent on the quality of the submissions.
  • Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes of demonstration proposals from the more promising solutions identified in Phase 1, and it is anticipated that projects will run for 12 months. Approximately £800,000 (inc. VAT) of funding has been assigned to this phase and can be awarded to one or more projects. Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible to apply for Phase 2.
  • Phase 3 contracts are intended to provide organisations with an opportunity to scale up their innovative solutions, and it is anticipated that projects will run for a maximum of 12 months. Approximately £1,000,000 (inc. VAT) of funding has been assigned to this phase and can be awarded to one or more projects. Only those projects that have completed Phase 2 successfully will be eligible to apply for Phase 3.

At this stage, we are inviting interested parties to register their interest. Once registered, you will be notified to attend the upcoming awareness events during August/September 2022.