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.
Competition Brokering Day, 7 September 2016
A brokering event will be held concurrently in London and Ankara on Wednesday 7th September 2016 to introduce participants to potential partners from the opposite country, with the majority of sessions live-streamed between the two cities. It will be 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 organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Turkey on behalf of Innovate UK and TÜBİTAK.
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Please note that registration for this event will close on Friday 2nd September.
About the Competition
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.
using waste by-products and residues from the Turkish agri-food industry to reduce their negative environmental impact and add value
improving agricultural productivity of small and medium sized-farmers through upgrading agricultural technology
improving animal and plant breeding within Turkey
Further information relating to this call is available here, and on Innovate UK's competition page.
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.
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