Innovate UK Business Connect 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.

Maximise your chances for success when applying for funding

Innovate UK Business Connect is often first to find out about funding opportunities for AgriFood innovation from government and organisations, including Innovate UK. We inform the AgriFood community about this funding and how to apply for it. We can also partner with organisations to deliver funding on their behalf.

We produce events that not only provide in-depth information about funding opportunities but also allow innovators to meet collaborators and connect with the right people and opportunities.

If you decide to apply for funding, one of our team will help guide you towards the most appropriate funding call for your project and give you guidance on how to write a successful application. This funding could range from grant to investment funding.

Make connections to fast track your project

You’ll be matched with the person in our team who is the most knowledgeable about your project. We have experts in livestockaquaculturefoodcrops and we collaborate with key international AgriFood markets like Africa and Colombia.

If we identify that you’ll benefit from connecting with another organisation to help you achieve your goals, we’ll identify partners best suited to your needs.

If you need technology or expertise that you don’t have in-house, we’ll put you in touch with someone who can help.

Read about how we’ve helped: 
– Start-up Earthly Biochar build powerful connections and access funding to accelerate their innovation.
– AgriTech company Breedr win two grants, raise private investment and collaborate with a major player in their sector.
– 15 organisations come together to form the the Insectrial Revolution project, and win £5.9m in funding.

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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.

Related Opportunities

Farming Futures: Nutrient Management Phase 1

Opens: 29/05/2024   Closes: 24/07/2024

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £15m to develop innovative solutions for nutrient management.

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New Innovators in agri-tech & food technology, Mid & North Wales

Opens: 10/06/2024   Closes: 17/07/2024

UK registered small and micro businesses can apply for a share of up to £400k for innovation activities in the agri-tech and food technology cluster in Mid and North Wales.

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Global Incubator Programme: Gateway to Australia - AgriTech

Opens: 11/06/2024   Closes: 04/08/2024

Innovate UK seeks up to 8 companies with expertise in AgriTech to participate in a Global Incubator Programme in Australia.

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Related Events and Recordings


Farming Innovation Programme: Farming Futures R&D Fund Nutrient Management Q&A and Consortium Building event

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Plant Microbiome webinar

09.30 - 11.15 GMT+1 | Online

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