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).
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). It comprises just over 6,800 businesses and employs nearly 400,000 people. Innovation is key to the Food & Drink Manufacturing sector. Key areas are nutrition, shelf life, packaging, healthy eating, minimal processing, food safety and waste minimisation.
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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.
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.
Scottish EDGE Round 23
Opens: 07/02/2024 Closes: 06/03/2024
Scottish EDGE, Scotland’s biggest business funding competition, offers grants & loans from £10k to £100k to grow your startup, social enterprise or charity.
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