Could your technology transform food production?

Posted on: 18/09/2019

Five competitions are now live as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Food Production programme.

Updated 21th November 2019.

The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity. Transforming Food Production is recognised as a key driver of Clean Growth under the Industrial Strategy.

The £90 million Transforming Food Production programme aims to integrate current world-class UK capabilities (digital technologies, artificial intelligence, engineering, biological, environmental and social sciences) into precision approaches both within new novel production systems and traditional agricultural systems to target net zero emissions.

The next phase of the programme was launched on 3rd October 2019. A selection of video recordings and slide decks from this event are now available for download (see below).

The first five competitions are now open for:

Future Food Production Systems

UK-China: Precision for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

Science and Technology into Practice – Demonstration programme

Science and Technology into Practice – Feasibility Studies programme.

UK – Canada Bilateral Competition

Registration is now open for briefing. KTN has set up a LinkedIn group to facilitate connections between people offering and looking for partners, this group can be joined here.

Video recordings

Please click on the links below to access video recordings from the event on 3rd October in London which outlined the next phase of the Transforming Food Production programme:

Keynote – Paul Clarke CBE, Ocado

Transforming Food Production – Katrina Hayter, Innovate UK

Future Food Production Systems – Andrew McLay, IUK

Application Process – Lydia Weir-Blankenstein, Innovate UK

Slide deck presentations

Please click on links below to access slide decks:

“What is new? Alignment to net zero and call to action for future competitions” РKatrina Hayter, UKRI

Introduction to the Afternoon Session – Andy Cureton, BBSRC

Competition scope briefing – Future Food Production Systems – Andrew McLay, Innovate UK

Application guidance briefing – TFP Future Food Production Systems – Lydia Weir-Blankenstein, Innovate UK


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Transforming Food Production Competitions

UK – Canada Bilateral Competition

The ‘ISCF Transforming Food Production UK-Canada: Enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability’ competition offers funding for projects that improve the productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems. A maximum of ¬£400,000 in grant funding can be shared between all UK partners per application, while Canadian partners can request a combined total of up to $700,000 CAD from NRC IRAP.


If you’re interested in this funding, further details on the competition can be found here. There is a recording of a webinar outlining competition scope and the application process here.


If you are seeking partners, you can register at the platform here. This link will also enable you to register for an online matchmaking event to be held on 13th March 2020.


In addition to hosting consortium building events KTN has set up a LinkedIn group to facilitate connections between people offering and looking for partners, this group can be joined here.

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