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Innovate UK: Agritech Catalyst Grant round 10

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Innovate UK's Latest £2.5m Business Grants For Agri-tech

The aim of these competitions is to increase the pace of innovation in the development of agricultural and food systems in Africa. Your project must result in more use of innovations by farmers and food systems organisations, such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors and wholesalers.

Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities, research categories and different strands of the competition.

Your proposals must show the potential to have a positive impact on poverty through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation.

Innovate UK are running 3 strands to this competition at the same time:

  1. Early stage feasibility studies
  2. Mid stage industrial research.
  3. Late stage experimental development.

It is your responsibility to make sure you are applying for the correct strand.

These competitions close at 11am on Wednesday 21st October. It typically takes around 40 to 60 hours to prepare an award winning application, and we recommend you do this over a 3 to 4 week period.

Please get in touch if you'd like to know whether your project would likely qualify for this grant or would like any assistance in preparing the application

Your project:

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £150,000 and £800,000
  • start by 1 April 2021
  • last up to 18 months

All projects must:

  • be collaborative
  • include a UK registered lead applicant organisation (known in previous rounds as the ‘administrative lead’)
  • include a technical lead, from any country
  • include at least one business from the UK
  • include at least one business from an eligible African country from the list below
  • implement significant activity in the eligible African country

The roles of lead applicant and technical lead could be carried out by a single UK organisation.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) can join the consortium as non-grant claiming partners. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

Who can apply?

The lead applicant:

  • must be a UK registered business of any size
  • will be responsible for completing the application
  • will be the recipient of the award (referred to as ‘project manager’ in the Innovation Funding Service)
  • will manage and be accountable for the project’s finances in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award
  • must claim grant funding through this competition
  • can partner in up to 2 other applications where they are neither the lead applicant nor the technical lead

The technical lead:

  • will lead on the development of the scope, work packages within the project and other work from a technical perspective
  • can be a business of any size from any country
  • must claim grant funding through this competition and be invited to join the application by the lead applicant
  • can also be the lead applicant if it is a UK registered business

Find out which definition your organisation falls into.

Proposals:

There are many opportunities and challenges for food systems, as described by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities, research categories and different strands of the competition.

Your proposal must show the potential to have a positive impact on poverty through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation.

You can choose from one or more of the following areas:

  • primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
  • non-food uses of crops, excluding ornamentals
  • challenges in food processing, distribution or storage, and value addition (such as through a change in the physical state or form of the product)
  • improving the availability and accessibility of safe, healthy and nutritious foods

Your project’s innovations must:

  • be sustainable in the context of environmental challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity
  • minimise negative effects such as pollution, food loss and waste
  • promote safe, healthy and nutritious diets

Projects Innovate UK will not fund

Innovate UK are not funding projects that:

  • are not related to an impact on a business due to COVID-19 disruption
  • have a negative impact on the environment and/or society
  • have a detrimental effect on equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • would duplicate other UK Government activities or EU-funded initiatives already underway such as the testing or manufacture of vaccines and ventilators
  • do not involve any research and development or innovation, for example, the creation of information-only websites
  • are feasibility studies
  • involve primary production in fishery and aquaculture
  • involve primary production in agriculture
  • are not allowed under de minimis regulation restrictions

Read the full scope on Innovate UK's website here.

Project dates:

Interested in applying? Get in touch to learn how Myriad Associates can help:

  • Win Rate - Myriad Associates’ boast a strong success rate with Innovate UK applications. 
  • Proven templates & tools for success - Our templates make it easy to collaborate & prepare a winning bid.
  • Honest & Trustworthy – We will not waste your time or money. If we feel your application won't succeed, we will tell you before we undertake the application process.
  • Highly rated UK & European bid writers - We have a highly experienced team of bid writers with proven UK & European success. So far in 2019/20, we secured over €44m in grant funding for our clients.
  • Unlimited revisions - Our grant writers provide feedback on both successful and unsuccessful grant applications. We review this feedback with you to give you ongoing advice and guidance.
  • Risk-free Eligibility Call – Call us for a free eligibility call to see if you have an application worth applying for.

Click here to discuss your application with one of our expert grant bid writers.

Where do I find more information?

For more information on this grant, please visit: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search and search for the 'Agri-tech catalyst: round 10' grants

Alternatively, contact us if you'd like to know whether your project would likely qualify for this grant.


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