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£70m Agri-Tech catalyst funding – New funding round & workshops

A new £70m funding scheme called ‘Agri-Tech Catalyst’ has been launched, to help businesses and researchers develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology (‘agri-tech') sector. 

See below for a new round of funding that is now open as part of this competition, and the output of workshops which can help you find out more about the competition and meet partners for collaboration.


About the competition

The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to provide an economic boost to the UK agri-tech industry, by tackling challenges in agriculture.

The scheme will help to take innovations all the way from concept to commercialisation, awarding grants for early-stage pre-industrial research feasibility studies, industrial research, and late-stage pre-experimental and experimental feasibility studies. Any UK business or academic researcher can apply.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will fund proposals relating to:

·         primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture

·         non-food uses of arable crops (for example, for biomass)

·         food security and nutrition challenges in international development 

·         challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.

For more details about the new rounds of the competition, please see below:

Early stage awards

Industrial research awards

Late stage awards


Consortia building workshops

Four consortia-building workshops were organised in January and February 2014 to help people for the competition. These workshops were organised to help enable businesses and research-base partners to:

·         Better understand the competition scope, with presentations from TSB staff

·         Identify potential project partners, with opportunities for delegate presentations and networking

·         Find out what make a good project

The workshops were held on the following dates:

27th January 2014 - Edinburgh

11th February 2014 - Cardiff 

14th February 2014 - Peterborough 

17th February 2014 - Belfast 


Workshop Follow-up

We will use this webpage to make available outputs from the Consortia building workshops, to help you apply for the competition, and to find partners for collaboration. 

Presentations from the events

In the weeks following the events, you will be able to access presentations via this page:

PDF copies of presentations are available HERE  Please note that this folder takes some time to open, so please be patient.

Videos of presentations are available HERE


Capability Database – Find partners for project success

In order to help you find the right partners you need for your project, we have created a Capability Database.

Click the buttons below to visit the database to search for partners or to add your details to the database:

Access the capability database                   Add your details to the capability database

If you have any problems accessing the Capability database, we suggest you download "Google Chrome", and then use that to access the database.

CONDITIONS OF USE: This database is only to be used to contact individuals included in the database regarding potential Agri-Tech Catalyst applications. This database is NOT to be used for other purposes, such as contacting individuals regarding marketing/sales, or the addition of individuals to email distribution lists without their express permission, or any other unauthorised uses.


Any questions?

Please feel free to contact us to discuss a potential application, including help in finding partners for collaboration:

David Telford

0131 651 7331




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If you have a project related to crop and livestock disease, you may also be interested in the new £16.5m funding competition "Crop and livestock disease challenges", you can find out more about this SAF-IP Competition, and a consortia building workshop on May 6th 2014 at the following link:
Posted on 02/04/14 09:44.

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