Funding opportunities in Agri-Food and Biosciences

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has an excellent track record of assisting our members to take advantage of the many sources of public funding to support innovation in Agri-Food and Bioscience & Biotechnology.

We have extensive knowledge of various UK and European funding mechanisms and can alert our members to relevant funding calls, help set up collaborations, and provide advice and help with funding applications.

A selection of funding schemes of relevance to the Agri-Food and Bioscience & Biotechnology Communities are highlighted below.

 

Innovate UK Funding Schemes

   

 

Innovate UK Competitions 
You can apply for funding to test the feasibility of your idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype.

Innovate UK funding competitions cover the following industry sectors:
  • emerging and enabling technologies
  • infrastructure systems
  • health and life sciences
  • manufacturing and materials
They also have an open programme that is not sector based.

Agri-Tech Catalyst
The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to global agricultural challenges."
 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Funding for partnerships between UK businesses and academics to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance.
 

 

Smart Awards
New R&D science, engineering and technology funding for single SMEs. Three types of grant are available:Proof of market grant; Proof of concept grant; Development of prototype grant.
 

Technology Strategy Board

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
SBRI competitions use the power of government procurement to drive innovation by providing innovative solutions to public sector challenges and business opportunities for technology companies.
 

Technology Strategy Board

Innovation Vouchers
Funding of £5k projects for SMEs in the area of Agri-food, Built Environment, to allow businesses to work with an external expert for the first time, gaining new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.
 

Research Councils UKResearch Councils UK

   
BBSRC

BBSRC Research Funding
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK's principal funder of basic and strategic biological research.
 

EPSRC
 

EPSRC Funding
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) operates a small number of flexible funding schemes including Fellowships, Industrial CASE Awards, Networks and Mobility Awards.
 

IPA

BBSRC Industrial Partnership Awards
Science-led, responsive mode grants where an industrial partner contributes at least 10% of the full economic cost of the project.
 

BBSRC

BBSRC CASE Studentships
CASE (Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering) PhD studentships involve an academic institution and a commercial company. Awarded as a training grant to the academic partner.
 

BBSRC

BBSRC "Stand-alone" LINK
The LINK scheme promotes academic & industrial collaboration in pre-competitive research. Projects are typically funded 50:50 by industry and government support.

 

BBSRC

Research and Technology Clubs

Supporting research in areas identified as strategically important by BBSRC and industry. RTCs support academic research and encourage closer links between academia and industry.
 

 

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Eurostars

 

Eureka Eurostars (for SMEs)
Specifically targeting the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.
 


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Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Help and advice are availble from the National Contact Point.
 

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SME Instrument
The dedicated SME instrument's supports close-to-market activities, with the aim to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation. The fund provides grants, coaching and access to risk finance with no need for an international consortia.

EU Flag Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Marie Curie Actions  provide funding opportunities for mobility and training at all stages of a researcher's career.
   

Regional Funding

   


Scottish Enterprise

 

Scottish Enterprise
Various grants and funding options are available to businesses of all sizes for research and development, co-investment and technological innovations.
 


Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise Research & Development Grants
Supporting businesses developing new products, processes and services to improve company competitiveness and to benefit the Scottish economy. Projects typically last 6 to 36 months, and the grant can cover up to 50% of the project costs.

Scottish Enterprise

SMART Scotland
SMART: SCOTLAND provides discretionary grants to support technical and commercial feasibility studies, and research and development (R&D) projects.
 

Invest NI

 

Invest Northern Ireland
Various grants and funding options are available to businesses of all sizes for research and development, co-investment and technological innovations.
 

Welsh Government

Welsh Government Grants
Grants to fund schemes and initiatives that deliver the Welsh Government's priorities.
 

 

England

Regional Growth Fund
£2.6 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2016. It supports projects and programmes that lever private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.
 

Other Sources of Funding

 

Genomia

Genomia Fund
Genomia provides seed and pre-seed funds for commercialisation of public sector research in the biosciences. This funding is only available to a closed list of public sector research establishments (PSREs).
 

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust Funding Schemes
The Wellcome Trust offers a wide variety of funding schemes, including Investigator Awards, fellowships and Strategic Awards, Translation Awards etc.
 

 

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R&D tax credits
Research and Development (R&D) Relief is a Corporation Tax relief that may reduce your company or organisation's tax bill by more than your actual expenditure on allowable R&D costs.
>> HM Revenues and Customs
>> Guide to R&D Tax Credits in NI

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy.


 
Investment of £1K to £2M at a time in SMEs based throughout Wales. Loan repayment terms range from one to five years and interest rates are based on an SME's individual circumstances and fixed for the term of the loan.


 
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Postgraduate Fellowships and Scholarships for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design. It also makes a small number of Special Awards.

 
The Leverhulme Trust
Provides grants and scholarships for research and education in the UK, distributing approximately £80M a year.
 

Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loans scheme
Support for businesses that are looking to reduce costs through improved energy, material resource and water efficiency by providing an unsecured, interest free loan from £1K to £100K.

 

Funding from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)

   

 
Funding for industry-led projects that require the use of the IBioIC Equipment Centres' resource to accelerate the development & commercialisation of IB, including the Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre and the Flexible Downsteam Bioprocessing Centre.
Deadlines: 30 Sep 2016, 30 Nov 2016
 
Up to £500K for industry-led collaborative research projects that use the synbio research capabilities of the Scottish Higher Education Institutes. 
Expressions of Interest deadline: 31 Aug 2016

 

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Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 6

UK businesses and universities can apply for a share of £4M to work with developing country partners on agri-tech innovations, in round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst. Find out more >>

Funding for IB & SynBio

You can now watch the video and download the slides from the webinar on "Opportunities for Industrial Biotechnology & Synthetic Biology in the new Innovate UK Delivery Plan."

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Newton Fund Agri-food (Turkey) call now open

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.5M for UK participants developing innovative solutions to challenges within the agri-food sector in Turkey.

  • Briefing webinar recording
  • Online partnering platform
  • Registration deadline: 16 Nov
  • Application deadline: 23 Nov

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