This funding is from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Farming Innovation Programme, and is being delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production (TFP) Challenge.
The Farming Innovation Programme will fund ambitious research and development projects to overcome barriers and create a more productive and sustainable sector.
Projects will benefit England’s farmers, growers, foresters and other businesses to conduct R&D to help boost productivity, enhance sustainable practices, support economic growth improve environmental outcomes and reduce carbon emissions in England’s agricultural and horticultural sectors.
The programme provides a key means to deliver against the government’s goals. The goals are set out in the Agricultural Transition Plan, 25 Year Environment Plan, Government’s Food Strategy and Net Zero targets. Its aims are to develop a renewed agricultural sector, producing healthy food for consumption at home and abroad, where farms can be profitable and economically sustainable without subsidy. This gives farming the opportunity to contribute significantly to environmental goals, including addressing climate change.
The Farming Innovation Programme is made up of three funds. Two of these, the Industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, and Farming Futures R&D Fund, are being delivered in partnership with UKRI.
This competition is part of the Industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, which aims to:
- drive innovation for responsive, commercially -relevant solutions to address immediate practical industry challenges affecting farmers, growers, foresters and the sector.
- accelerate the impact of new solutions to deliver positive benefits for England’s farmers, growers, or foresters
- create opportunities for government and the farming industry to work together to make farming greener and more productive,
- to help grow the economy, create jobs and improve food security.
- drive collaboration between the agri-food sector and wider UK research and innovation expertise
- enable widespread adoption by delivering effective knowledge exchange and driving commercialisation of new solutions.
Defra’s partnership with UKRI
Defra and UKRI have developed a strong partnership for agrifood and agriculture innovation. This is built upon the success of UKRI’s Transforming Food Production (TFP) Challenge, the recent Farming Innovation Pathways competition, and our shared ambition for a more productive, sustainable, and low carbon agrifood sector. We are taking this partnership to the next level with Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme.
Defra and UKRI are looking to fund bold ideas and encourage collaboration between businesses, researchers, farmers, growers or foresters, to deliver solutions for a more productive, environmentally sustainable and resilient sector.
This competition is jointly operated by Innovate UK, and The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) (each an ‘“agency’”).
Any relevant information submitted and produced during the application process concerning your application can be shared by one agency with the other, for its individual storage, processing and use.
This means that any information given to or generated by Innovate UK in respect of your application may be passed on to Defra and vice versa. This would include, but is not restricted to:
- the information stated on the application, including the personal details of all applicants
- scoring and feedback on the application
- information received during the management and administration of the grant, such as Monitoring Officer reports and Independent Accountant Reports