Access keys

Skip to content Accessibility Home News, events and publications Site map Search Privacy policy Help Contact us Terms of use

Agri-Tech Catalyst: Innovation funding in developing countries

Copyright: iStock

Helping to commercialise UK agricultural innovation.

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 14 July 2016 – 1 February 2017


The Agri-Tech Catalyst was set up by Innovate UK, DFID and BBSRC with £70M investment to help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability.

Previous results

Funding already awarded through rounds one to four can be found in the downloads section.

Scientific objectives

The Agri Tech Catalyst: Innovation funding in developing countries competition aims to increase the pace and scale of uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries and to achieve:

  • a sustained reduction of poverty and hunger for smallholder farmers
  • a sustainable intensification in developing country agriculture
  • improvements in human health and diversity in diets and nutrition
  • a positive impact on rural income and food security
  • opportunities for trade in agricultural products

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will not fund equine-related proposals, or proposals relating to forestry or wild-capture fisheries.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will award grants for early-stage pre-industrial research feasibility studies, industrial research, and late-stage pre-experimental feasibility studies and experimental development.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

Visit the GOV.UK competition website to read the competition briefing and guidance (see external links).

Other funding opportunities for innovation in Agri-Tech:
Innovate UK is investing up to £15M in projects addressing technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS), including projects focusing on agriculture and food. For further information please visit the Innovate UK website:

Related calls: agriculture collaboration crops food innovation livestock nutrition