Funding Opportunity Available for Local Agri-tech Businesses

Worcestershire agri-tech researchers and businesses have until the deadline of 7 October 2015 to register for funding in Round Five of the Agri-Tech Catalyst competition.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, set up by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Innovate UK (BBSRC, formerly Technology Strategy Board) with some £70M of government funding, will help to commercialise UK agricultural innovation and bridge the gulf between the lab and the marketplace.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to provide an economic boost to the UK agri-tech industry, by tackling challenges in agriculture.

These challenges may be domestic or international: funding for the Agri-Tech Catalyst includes an element specifically targeted at contributing to international development.

Agricultural science and technology is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets and a growth sector in Worcestershire. It is driven by global changes: a rising population, climate change, the rapid development of emerging economies, and growing instability around shortages of land, water and energy.

In order to put the UK at the forefront of sustainable increases in agricultural production, businesses and researchers need to work together to develop innovative technologies and processes.

Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: “Solving these problems is vital not only for our economy but also globally. The world needs to produce 60% more food by 2050 and there are around 3.3 million people employed in the UK agri-food sector. Excellent research and its early adoption is vital to protecting the sector.”

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will help to take innovations all the way from concept to commercialisation, awarding grants for early-stage pre-industrial research feasibility studies, industrial research, and late-stage pre-experimental and experimental feasibility studies. Any UK business or academic researcher can apply.

To enter the Agri-tech Catalyst competition – the lead partner for your project must register via the competition website ahead of the deadline of 7 October 2015. For further information, contact the Innovate UK Customer Support Services by phoning 0300 321 4357 or by emailing support@innovateuk.org