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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 someworkshops where you can find out more 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

Several consortia-building workshops are being organised to help you apply for the competition. These workshops will 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


Find out more and register

27th January 2014 – Edinburgh


11th February 2014 - Cardiff


14th February 2014 - Peterborough SOLD OUT, tickets no longer available 


17th February 2014 - Belfast


These workshops are free but places are limited (with previous events oversubscribed), so register soon to avoid disappointment!



Any questions?

Please feel free to contact us:


Serena Broadway

0131 651 7331 


David Telford

0131 651 7331

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