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£13m 'Engineering for Agrifood' Funding Competition – Two successful Consortia Building Workshops

The Technology Strategy Board and partners are offering up to £13m for businesses to develop engineering solutions across the agri-food supply chain. Project proposals must be business-led and collaborative. The focus of the competition will be to attract business-led projects which will:

  • Enhance efficiency in use of resources in crop, livestock (including aquaculture) and food processing environments
  • Maximise marketable yield and profit potential
  • Minimise potentially negative environmental impacts associated with food production.

Consortia-building workshops - July 2013

The Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (BKTN) and the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN (ESPKTN) co-organised two workshops to promote the competition in July 2013, in Peterborough (July 23rd) and Edinburgh (July 30th). The workshops were both well attended, each with 80-90 delegates with a broad range of interests in agri-food, as well as many different types of engineering technology, from robotics, to sensors, and satellite technology.

The aim of the workshops were to help people find out more about the competition, and find partners for collaboration. The events included presentations from TSB staff explaining the competition and BKTN staff explaining what make a good collaborative project. The events also included “flash introductions” from nearly all delegates, with participants “pitching” their expertise to other collaborators.

The presentations from the event, including videos of some presentations will be available in due course via the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform Group on the Biosciences KTN website. The group will also have a “Capability Database", which can be used  to help you to find the right partners you need for your collaborative project.

So please do visit this group to find out more about the competition, and to find out more about potential partners for collaboration. This group will be updated in due course with information related to the competition and please note, you need to opt to “Join this group” to access all the relevant information.

And more details about this competition can be found at the TSB competition webpage by clicking here.

 

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