In April 2011, the SAF-IP launched a collaborative R&D competition for funding entitled ‘Sustainable Protein Production'.
As global demand for animal products increases, demand for vegetable proteins as animal feedstock also rises. The UK faces a shortfall in domestic vegetable protein production capability, which the SAF-IP seek to help food producers overcome.
Innovate UK (Previously know as the Technology Strategy Board), in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government invested up to £15 million on projects focusing on the challenge of sustainable protein production.
The competition had two interrelated core themes:
- Increasing domestic supply of sustainably produced vegetable protein for farmed animals (including land and marine based aquaculture);
- Increasing production efficiency and sustainability of domestically supplied animal and fish protein for food, and reducing waste in the food chain to the point of retail sale.
The competition was well subscribed; from 45 expressions of interest received, 34 were invited to submit full applications.
29 projects were successfully funded:
- 12 ‘plants' projects, with a total project value of £12,96M
- 14 ‘animal' projects, with a total project value of £13,28M
- 2 ‘aquaculture' projects, with a total project value of £5,76M
The list of funded projects is available following this link.
The competition flyer is available for download here.
Note: All documents can be found in the '2011 Sustainable Protein Production - Consortia building workshops' folder in the Document library.
In preparation for the call, a series of consortia building workshops were organised by KTN:
- 11th February 2011- SAC, Kings Buildings, Edinburgh (Primary focus: All aspects including aquaculture)
- 15th February 2011 - Celtic Manor Resort, Newport (Primary focus: Ruminant livestock and grassland)
- 17th February 2011 - Processors and Growers Research Organisation, Peterborough (Primary focus: vegetable protein and pigs & poultry)
The programme for each of the workshop and their attendee list is available in the '2011 Sustainable Protein Production - Consortia building workshops' folder in the Document library.
Delegates heard presentations covering the scope of the competition, guidance on how to apply to for Innovate UK CR&D funding, and tips on what makes a good CR&D project?
Delegates were also given the opportunity to pitch their core capabilities to future collaborators.
The presentations and pitches are available from the '2011 Sustainable Protein Production - Presentations from workshops' folder in the Document library.
Competition presentations - introducing the SAF-IP, each competition scope and application process, etc
Innovate UK (TSB) presentation on the application process - New funding rules
What makes a good proposal and how we can help you - 2013 version