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£4M Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 6 now open

UK businesses and universities can apply for a share of £4 million to work with developing country partners on agri-tech innovations, through the latest round of funding from the Agri-Tech Catalyst.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline. Ideas must show the potential to improve the sustainable intensification of agriculture. The scope of the Catalyst includes:

  • primary crop and livestock production including aquaculture
  • non-food uses of crops including ornamentals
  • food security and nutrition challenges in international development
  • addressing challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production


Round 6 now open: Agri-Tech Catalyst: innovation funding in developing countries

The aim of this competition is to increase the pace and scale of uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries and to achieve:
  • a sustained reduction of poverty and hunger for smallholder farmers
  • a sustainable intensification in developing country agriculture
  • improvements in human health and diversity in diets and nutrition
  • a positive impact on rural income and food security
  • opportunities for trade in agricultural products
Projects are expected to range in size depending on the award category. Total project costs could be:
  • £150,000 to £400,000 for early-stage technical feasibility studies
  • up to £1.5 million for industrial research
  • up to £800,000 for late-stage experimental development

Projects should last between one year and 18 months for early and late-stage and up to 3 years for industrial research projects.

All projects must be collaborative and include both a UK and eligible developing country partner.

Full details are available on the Competition page.


Applicant briefing, 1 August 2016 (10:30-12:30), Webinar

Register now for Innovate UK's applicant briefing webinar for Round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst. Register here >>


Consortia Building Workshop, 14 September 2016, London

KTN's Agri-Food team are organising a free consortia-building workshop to promote Round 6 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst Competition, with the aim of enabling potential applicants to get a better understanding of the competition process, rules and scope, and to facilitate networking and consortia building. Find out more and register >>


Key dates

You must register before noon on:

  • 26 October 2016 for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category
  • 25 January 2017 for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards

You must apply before noon on:

  • 2 November 2016 for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category
  • 1 February 2017 for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards



Find out more

Full details are available on the Competition page.


About the Agri-Tech Catalyst

The Agri-Tech Catalyst was set up by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Innovate UK, Department for International Development (DfID), Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) with a £70M investment to help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability.

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 helps 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.



1 person has had something to say so far

Greate to see the potential for a boost to the agri-tech sector.
Posted on 14/05/20 08:57.

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