Farming Innovation Pathways (FIP) – feasibility studies
UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million for feasibility studies to address the farming challenges of productivity, sustainability, and net zero emissions.
The aim of this competition is to support the development of novel innovations to develop and support a productive, resilient, and sustainable agricultural sector. This funding is from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This development is achieved through the investment of up to £5 million in feasibility studies in the agricultural sector.
Your project must address one or more high priority areas in at least one of these four industry subsectors:
- Novel food production systems.
- Bioeconomy and agroforestry.
Your proposal must engage with farmers, growers or producers to explore the potential of early-stage farm-focused solutions. These solutions must solve the short to long-term challenges of productivity, sustainability, and net zero emissions.”
This competition is split into 2 strands:
- feasibility studies (this strand)
- industrial research
This competition is for collaborative feasibility studies only.
Your proposal should focus on the early-stage development of technologies, systems or approaches that will make significant steps towards improving productivity, increasing sustainability and resilience. It must:
- demonstrate or deliver outcomes or benefits for farmers
- help the agriculture sector to move towards achieving net zero emissions by 2040
Your project must:
- have total eligible costs between £75,000 and £250,000
- start by 1 October 2021
- last between 12 and 18 months
To lead a project your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, research organisation or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
- collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations or RTOs
- carry out its project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
Research organisation led projects must collaborate with at least one business.
3 March 2021: Applicant briefing event: register to join
11 March 2021: KTN consortium building event: register to join
If you want help to find a project partner, contact KTN’s Agrifood team.