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.
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: Large R&D partnerships Round 3
Opens: 15/01/2024 Closes: 13/03/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7.8m for large R&D partnership projects from this industry-led fund.
Diet and health innovation: Early stage feasibility projects
Opens: 14/03/2024 Closes: 08/05/2024
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5m for early stage feasibility projects working with Diet and Health Open Innovation Research Club hubs.
Strengthening the resilience of the UK food system
Opens: 04/01/2024 Closes: 19/03/2024
This funding opportunity aims to improve the resilience of the UK food system to a variety of potentially cascading risks.
Related Events and Recordings
Knowledge Transfer Manager, AgriFood - Livestock and AquacultureBridgeAI
Contact Caroline Griffin
Transforming Food Production Challenge sparks innovation for net zero food production
The Transforming Food Production (TFP) Challenge has supported impactful businesses to produce sustainable food which is showcased in these case study videos.
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.
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.