Up to £20 million has been made available by the UK Government to increase productivity and sustainability in crop and ruminant agriculture systems through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund via Innovate UK. This aim of the competition is to drive productivity and sustainability in crop and ruminant production systems.
Funded projects will fall into one of the following themes:
- Driving productivity and improved environmental outcomes in crop and ruminant production systems:
- Developing new, highly efficient, high-value production systems that maximise productivity and improve environmental performance.
Projects must focus on the development of enhanced decision support, precision agriculture technology solutions and systems.
- Combining digital technologies and engineering solutions with biological, environmental and/or social science to drive productivity
- Developing technologies and solutions that connect farms and supply chains
- Transferring technology from another sector into agriculture, providing this requires innovation
Projects supported will have a clear route to market for technologies and solutions and develop an optimised prototype that can be demonstrated within the production system or supply chain by the end of the project.
Of particular interest are applications that bring new businesses and technologies into the UK precision agriculture sector and/or include farmer or grower involvement and/or endorsement
Of the £20million allocated, £10 million will go to productivity solutions and £10 million to supply chain solutions. Funding will be according to total project costs as follows:
- up to 70% for a micro or small business
- up to 60% for a medium-sized business
- up to 50% for a large business
The competition opens on 20 August 2018, and the deadline for applications is midday on 24 October 2018