Newton Fund Agri-food Competition - Turkey

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

Innovate UK is working with TÜBİTAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, to fund this competition, which they are running as part of the Newton-Kâtip Çelebi Fund programme.
 

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The challenge

The Turkish food and agriculture industry is one of the country's biggest sectors. It corresponds to 7.1% of the GDP and a quarter of jobs in the country. The sector is strong and vibrant but with a lot of small farmers and limited cultivable land.

Innovate UK is seeking to support technical feasibility studies and industrial research. Projects should focus on the following challenges. Applicants can submit more than one application across the same or different challenges.

  1. using waste by-products and residues from the Turkish agri-food industry to reduce their negative environmental impact and add value
  2. improving agricultural productivity of small and medium sized-farmers through upgrading agricultural technology
  3. improving animal and plant breeding within Turkey

Further details of the scope are given below, and in the competition brief.

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Competition information

  • UK applicants must register before noon on 16 November 2016
  • UK applicants must apply before noon on 23 November 2016.
  • projects must involve at least one UK-based company and one Turkish company working together
  • businesses could receive up to 70% of their project costs for technical feasibility studies and industrial research
  • Turkey must be the principal market for this project
  • projects are expected to last up to 2 years
  • total eligible project costs for each successful UK project are expected to be between £300K and £400K
  • projects must fit within Official Development Assistance (ODA) criteria

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Competition Brokering Day

A brokering event will be held concurrently in London and Ankara on Wednesday 7th September 2016 to help facilitate introductions between UK and Turkish participants interested in this competition, with the majority of sessions live-streamed between the two cities. It will also provide an opportunity for both UK and Turkish participants to gain valuable information on the Competition, to pitch their challenges or innovation as well as roundtable discussions to develop projects ideas further. 

The Brokering Day is being organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Turkey on behalf of Innovate UK and TÜBİTAK.

Deadline to register: Friday 2nd September 2016

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Briefing webinar

Innovate UK and KTN held a briefing webinar for potential applicants on 17 May 2016. You can listen to a recording of this webinar here.

 

Partnering webinar

16 June 2016, 10:00 - 12:00 UK time

KTN, on behalf of Innovate UK and TÜBİTAK, held a partnering webinar to help UK and Turkish participants interested in this competition to meet and develop collaborative partnerships.

 

Meeting Mojo Online Partnering Platform

To support online brokerage and consortia building for this call, Innovate UK's partner the Knowledge Transfer Network hosts an online partnering platform, Meeting Mojo. This system allows interested applicants from the UK and Turkey to add a profile, then search and contact potential partners in a database specific to this competition.

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Competition scope

Challenge 1 - using waste by-products and residues from the Turkish agri-food industry to reduce their negative environmental impact and add value

The Turkish food and agriculture industry is one of the country's biggest sectors. It corresponds to 7.1% of the GDP and a quarter of the employment levels in the country.

Many food production processes create waste by-products. These can impact the environment in a negative way. But some of these by-products have an economic value that we can exploit. For example, chicken manure can have a negative environmental impact. But it is also possible to use it as a fertiliser and in biogas/biomass processes.

They are inviting proposals for ways to reduce the production of waste in the Turkish agri-food sector. This should be through the use of agri-food by-products and residues.

Challenge 2 - improving agricultural productivity of small and medium sized-farmers through upgrading agricultural technology

Turkey's agricultural sector has a lot of small farmers with limited cultivable land. These farmers often work with older/legacy agricultural machinery as they cannot afford new equipment. This is a challenge to the future productivity of the agricultural sector in Turkey.

At the same time, increases in population and food consumption are a threat to food security. This threat is relevant to both Turkey and the rest of the world. Changes in climate and wider global warming are challenging productivity within the farming sector.

We need to increase yields in a way that doesn't adversely affect the environment or mean that we have to cultivate more land. Achieving a sustainable intensification of agriculture is a cross-disciplinary challenge. Precision agriculture provides opportunities to increase agricultural productivity. It can do this through more accurate and efficient crop and livestock production systems.

Innovate UK are inviting applications to improve agricultural productivity. They should focus on farms that are smaller than 20 hectares. They will use technology to provide more accurate and efficient crop and livestock production systems. We are particularly interested in proposals for ways that Turkish farmers can upgrade old machinery.

The scope of this competition includes the application of solutions to primary production. Proposals can include software engineering and information technologies. But this should be where they represent an essential component of an engineering project.

Challenge 3 - improving animal and plant breeding within Turkey

Turkey's agricultural sector is strong and vibrant. But there is a clear need to improve animal and plant breeding in a sustainable way. This will improve productivity and quality characteristics.

Farmers have used traditional breeding methods for thousands of years. But it takes a long time to achieve the seed and animal breed quality needed. This is because of the iterative and slower processes of traditional selective breeding. There is potential to produce better seeds and animals faster. We can do this by using modern breeding and reproductive technologies.

Turkey has an ideal climate for plant seed production. It also attracts healthy foreign investment in this sector. But a lack of expertise and technology means that it is not yet a preferred market for animal/plant breeding.

Innovate UK are inviting UK and Turkish businesses and researchers to collaborate on new innovations. Proposals should be around breeding. They should focus on varieties of crops and breeds that are grown or consumed in Turkey.

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Contacts

For specific questions regarding this funding competition:

KTN's Agri-Food Team will be happy to discuss potential project ideas with you - you can contact us at agrifood@ktn-uk.org, or look up individual team members here.

 

About the Newton Fund

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills leads the Newton Fund in the UK. The Newton Fund uses science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of 16 partner countries, including Turkey. The Newton Fund will run from 2014 to 2021. There is £735 million funding available from the UK government. Partner countries are contributing extra funding.

The Newton Fund forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA). The aims of the ODA are to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing and emerging economies.

Funding for science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries.

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Briefing Webinar Recording

Innovate UK and KTN held a briefing webinar for potential applicants on 17 May 2016. You can listen to a recording of this webinar here.

 

Online Partnering Platform

The Meeting Mojo system allows interested applicants from the UK and Turkey to add a profile, then search and contact potential partners in a database specific to this competition.

Access the online partnering tool >>

Got a question?

For specific questions regarding this funding competition:

KTN's Agri-Food Team will be happy to discuss potential project ideas with you - you can contact us at agrifood@ktn-uk.org, or look up individual team members here.

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