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Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation Competition

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of £3 million to help develop agricultural and food systems in collaboration with African partners.

The UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK (IUK) is administering the ‘Agri-tech Catalyst Round 8: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation’ competition. Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the competition is supporting UK businesses and research organisations to undertake projects with partners in some African countries.

Agriculture and food systems are changing rapidly, which has important consequences for diets. Uptake of new technology and innovation in this area is low in developing countries, particularly those in Africa. The aim of the competition is to increase the pace of development and scale of uptake of agricultural and food systems innovation by farmers and food systems actors (such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors or wholesalers).

Project proposals must aim to benefit African country agriculture and food systems in order to contribute to healthy, safe and nutritious diets. All projects must be collaborative and must include at least one partner from the UK and one from an eligible African country.

IUK has allocated up to £3 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Eligible projects will be supported as follows:
•Early-stage feasibility studies: £100,000 to £500,000 (12 to 18 months).
•Mid-stage industrial research: £250,000 to £1 million (up to three years).
•Late-stage experimental development: £150,000 to £800,000 (up to 18 months).

The competition is open to UK businesses and research organisations. There must be a UK administrative lead. The technical project work can be led by an organisation from the UK, an eligible African country or another country.

The competition opened on 1 April 2019 with a deadline for registrations of 29 May 2019 and a closing date for full applications of 5 June 2019.


News Article From: Kirklees 4 Business | Open 4 Business

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