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Newton Fund UK-China Agritech Challenge 2017

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 5 June 2017 - 20 September 2017


Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are investing up to £8 million (£4 million each) in projects that use cutting-edge technologies to solve agricultural challenges in China.

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and China. Innovate UK, BBSRC and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) are funding this competition as part of the Newton Fund.


Projects should address challenges related to agricultural technologies in one or more of these three sectors:

  • Precision agriculture, agriculture digitisation and decision management tools
  • Improving the efficiency of sustainable agricultural production
  • Agricultural products processing

We expect projects to range in size from total projects costs of £1 million to £2 million in the UK. The total project grant must not exceed £1 million per project in the UK. Projects should last up to three years.

For a project to be eligible for this competition, it will need to include one UK business and one UK higher education institute or research council institute eligible for BBSRC funding. You will also need to partner with one Chinese business and one academic institution. Either a business or a research organisation can lead the project in the UK.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

On behalf of the UK funders, Innovate UK are leading the application and peer review process for this call.

For more information and how to apply please visit GOV.UK: Newton UK-China agritech challenge 2017.

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