Each African Agriculture KTP is a partnership between the following:
- a UK registered higher education or further education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult, which we will refer to as the ‘UK knowledge base’
- an African business or not for profit organization, which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’
- a knowledge base in Africa, which we will refer to as the ‘African knowledge base’
The business and African knowledge base must both be based in one of the following countries:
- Republic of Ghana
- Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Republic of Kenya
- Republic of South Africa
The African Agriculture KTP does not support projects where the business partner is in the public sector.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
Knowledge base partner
This is a 2 stage application process. Each application must be created by a UK knowledge base, who will also lead the project.
The UK knowledge base partner must submit a fact find form into stage 1 of this competition on behalf of the partnership. Only projects meeting the competition criteria will be invited to submit a full application in Stage 2.
The UK knowledge base partner must:
- be a UK registered higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, Research Technology Organisation (RTO) or Catapult
- be registered as a knowledge base with the KTP programme
- be able to invite one business or not-for-profit organisation from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa to join the application and collaborate with them on the development of the project
- invite one African knowledge base from the same African country as the business partner to join the application and collaborate with them on the development of the project
- invite one knowledge transfer adviser to support the application
- ensure that neither knowledge base have ownership of 50% or more of the business partner or a controlling interest via a shareholder agreement
- ensure associates are recruited in a demonstrably open and fair manner
- allow associates to participate in the typical working patterns of the business for the majority of the project, unless working virtually, this should take place at the business partner’s premises
- agree to provide at least half a day per week of academic support for the associate
- complete the application form in partnership with the African business and knowledge base
- make sure the application is completed and submitted with the agreement of a knowledge transfer adviser before the competition closes
- submit a current full economic costing (fEC) letter with each application if you are using the full fEC costing model and support the project in accordance with its provision
- provide the project secretariat
- reach an intellectual property (IP) agreement with the African knowledge base and business partner before the project commences
- agree to attend specified meetings at a location identified by the business partner
- ensure that none of the proposed academic team are directors, consultants or otherwise engaged by the business or group
- not act in any way to gain selective commercial or economic advantage from the outputs of the project
As part of their involvement in the project the knowledge base partners must provide a case study to Innovate UK using the template provided, upon completion of the project.
Publications are linked to the no subsidy status of this competition. Knowledge base partners must also seek to publish a minimum of 2 academic papers for publication per completed project or create at least 2 industry focused publications per project, publicly sharing project outcomes.
Your business partner must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the knowledge base partner to collaborate on a project. When the business partner accepts their invitation, they will need to:
- login or create an account
- enter estimates of their own project costs, which may be updated as part of the final reporting process
African Business partner
We use the term ‘business partner’ for businesses and not for profit organisations. Business partners cannot work alone.
Business partners must develop the project with a UK knowledge base and a knowledge base from their own country who can provide the right skills to meet the knowledge gap within the business
We encourage business partners to approach knowledge bases directly to discuss the suitability of KTP for their specific circumstances.
The business partner must:
- be a business, of any size, or a not-for-profit organisation registered in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa
- collaborate with a UK knowledge base, registered with KTP and a knowledge base from their own country
- have 2 or more full time equivalent employees
- determine the size of their business or group
- declare the total number of employees within the business and if part of a group of businesses, within the group
- complete the application form in partnership with the knowledge base partners
- host the associate and provide them with day to day supervisory support
- host monthly supervisor, Local management Committee (LMC) and other mandatory meetings at their own expense
- provide evidence that demonstrates their ability to financially support the exploitation of the project
- reach a written IP agreement with the knowledge base before the project commences
The business partner must provide evidence of their ability to financially support their exploitation of the project. They are required to provide financial accounts from the current financial year and the previous two years.
Other supporting documentation may be required. For businesses less than 3 years old, the knowledge base or Knowledge Transfer Adviser will give further guidance.
If the business is part of a group, it is the overall size of the group must be declared.
Large businesses can apply if they are not part of an international group.
Please refer to the company accounts guidance or speak to your accountant, to help determine the overall size of your business or group.
The business must be registered in their own country. This is normally demonstrated on a public register, such as on Companies House in the UK
The registered name and registration number provided must match the official public register.
African knowledge base partner
The African knowledge base partner must be a registered higher education or further education institution from the same country as the African business partner.
The African knowledge base partner must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the UK knowledge base partner to collaborate on a project.
UKRI will perform due diligence checks on each African knowledge base partner and may prohibit Innovate UK from working with partners it believes do not meet the principles of Trusted Research and Innovation.
Joint commitment statement and exploitation plan
Both the UK and African knowledge base partners and the business partner must sign a joint commitment statement. The business partner’s registered name must be used for both the application and the joint commitment statement.
You must deliver an exploitation plan during your project. By completing all sections of the application form you will have completed your initial exploitation plan.
Subcontractors are not allowed in this competition.