Innovate UK KTN helps organisations interested in AgriFood innovation access the expert information, funding and connections needed to drive change. Our experts work with businesses of all sizes; locally, nationally and globally.
Our current focus in this area
Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing AgriFood areas globally, and is key to ensure food security for a growing world population.
Plants and crops underpin the health, wellbeing and food security of our growing population. We depend on them through direct consumption or indirectly via livestock consumption.
The Food and Drink Manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. In terms of economic contribution, it accounts for 17% of all UK manufacturing GVA (£28.2 billion).
Livestock plays a key role in UK agriculture, helping to provide high quality food such as meat, milk and eggs, and contributing £14.7bn in output to the UK economy in 2020.
The Microbiome Innovation Network (formerly SIG) aims to accelerate the commercialisation of microbiome-based products and services in the UK and create a vibrant community by connecting industry and academia.
Farming Innovation Programme - feasibility round 3
Opens: 18/09/2023 Closes: 15/11/2023
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4.5m for feasibility projects to benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.
Farming Innovation Programme Small R&D Partnership Projects Round 3
Opens: 14/08/2023 Closes: 25/10/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £9.8 million for Small R&D Partnership Projects in farming innovation.
SBRI: Maximising renewable energy generation and local utilisation from farm (and growing) assets whilst maintaining agricultural yields
Opens: 29/08/2023 Closes: 09/10/2023
Cardiff and Monmouthshire Councils are looking for ways to incorporate green energy into the food supply chain.
SBRI: Innovative farming practices to reduce carbon emissions and increase yield
Opens: 28/08/2023 Closes: 09/10/2023
Cardiff and Monmouthshire Councils are looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase yield on farms in South Wales.
SBRI: Approaches to encourage and enhance schools' knowledge of health benefits by sourcing from local food supply chains
Opens: 28/08/2023 Closes: 09/10/2023
Cardiff and Monmouthshire Councils are looking for new approaches to food sourcing and food education in schools.
Canada-UK: Plant-based Protein Innovation
Opens: 18/09/2023 Closes: 01/11/2023
UK registered organisations, in collaboration with Canadian organisations, can apply for a share of up to £6.5m for plant-based protein projects.
Related Events and Recordings
Feasibility Study Round 3 - Farming Innovation Programme Webinar
10.00 - 12.00 | Online
Small R&D Partnership Projects Round 3 – Q&A and Consortia-Building
13.00 - 15.00 | Online
Earth Observation Technologies and Data for African Agriculture
10.00 - 12.30 | Online
Building UK-Africa Collaboration for Soil Health and Crop Nutrition
10.00 - 12.00 GMT+1 | Online
Knowledge Transfer Manager, AgriFood - Livestock and Aquaculture
Contact Caroline Griffin
New food innovation partnership between UK and Canada launches
Innovate UK and Protein Industries Canada announce new partnership to better connect the food sectors in both countries to meet sustainability and net zero aims.
Opportunities for innovation to reduce damage caused by quelea birds in Africa
In April 2023, we brought together stakeholders from the UK and Africa to explore innovation to reduce crop loss due to quelea birds in Africa.
Programmes related to AgriFood
AgriFood Investment Readiness Programme
For UK SMEs working on AgriFood innovations and looking for private investment.
Agrifood Africa Connect
AgriFood Africa Connect brings innovative people and organisations across the UK and Africa together to address key AgriFood challenges in Africa. We build diverse connections across the UK and Africa to drive positive change that aligns with the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance goals.
AgriFood Africa Connect Map
The AgriFood Africa Connect Map makes it easier for UK and African organisations to collaborate on projects, provides information on the AgriFood sector across Africa, and helps connect innovators to enable collaboration and address key global challenges.