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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Food Production

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Call status: Open
Application deadline: 24 October 2018, 12:00


UK Research and Innovation, through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects. These must improve productivity and sustainability by developing enhanced decisions support, precision agriculture technology solutions and systems for crop and ruminant agriculture.

Projects can include:

  • combining digital technologies and engineering solutions with biological, environmental and/or social science
  • developing technologies and solutions that connect farms and supply chains
  • transferring technology from another sector into agriculture, providing this requires innovation.

We will fund two types of projects:

  • productivity solutions to a single challenge
  • supply chain solutions involving multiple interventions.

Projects must be business-led.

Projects with total costs of:

  • under £100,000 can be single or collaborative but must be led by an SME
  • £100,000 or more must be collaborative and involve an SME.


For productivity solutions total project costs can be up to £2 million. For supply chain solutions they can be up to £5 million.

Projects must start by 1 April 2019, end by 31 March 2022 and can last up to 36 months.

How to apply

For further information, scope, eligibility and application details see: GOV.UK: Productive and sustainable crop and ruminant agricultural systems.


Call opens 20 August 2018
Briefing event 29 August 2018
Application deadline 24 October 2018, 12:00
Applicants notified 7 December 2018


Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

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