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.
Launchpad: agri-tech and food tech in Eastern England
Opens: 23/10/2023 Closes: 06/12/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2m for business led projects in the agri-tech and food technology cluster in Eastern England.
Open Innovation challenge: Innovative Products from Millet (and Other High Fibre Grains)
Opens: 01/12/2023 Closes: 29/01/2024
Unilever Kenya is seeking innovative solutions to produce millet food products with consumer appeal and zero waste, using circular economy principles.
Global Business Innovation Programme in Canada – Agri-Food
Opens: 31/10/2023 Closes: 05/01/2024
Innovate UK seeks companies who are involved in developing innovations to support the alternative protein sector for a market visit to Canada.
Growing Kent and Medway: prototyping and demonstrator fund
Opens: 20/11/2023 Closes: 24/01/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £750k for innovative technologies in the horticultural food and drink supply chain.
SBRI: Plant health innovations for biosecurity
Opens: 06/11/2023 Closes: 20/12/2023
This competition aims to accelerate innovative solutions, technologies or practices that enhance plant health and biosecurity.
Open Innovation challenge: Manure Valorisation and Energy Production
Opens: 04/12/2023 Closes: 31/01/2024
Animal Care, Nigeria, are looking for ways to transform poultry manure into energy sources and other valuable outputs.
Related Events and Recordings
Knowledge Transfer Manager, AgriFood - Livestock and AquacultureBridgeAI
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.