Agri-tech Catalyst round 7: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation

Key features: The Agri-tech Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline. Ideas must show the potential to deliver impact for poor people through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation in areas such as primary crop and livestock production, non-food uses of crops, challenges in food processing, distribution, storage

Programme: A collaborative programme. All projects must include a UK-based administrative lead, and a partner from an eligible African country.

Award: Up to £3million available fom the Department for International Development

Opens: 28th August 2018

Registration closes: 21st November 2018

Closes: 28th November 2018

Support phone number: 0114 236 4457

The Agri-tech Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline. Ideas must show the potential to deliver impact for poor people through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation in areas such as
  • primary crop and livestock production
  • non-food uses of crops
  • challenges in food processing, distribution, storage
A collaborative programme. All projects must include a UK-based administrative lead, and a partner from an eligible African country.
 
The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of development and scale of uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation in Africa by:
  • farmers
  • other food systems actors
Your project proposal must aim to benefit African country agriculture and food systems in order to contribute to healthy, safe and nutritious diets.
 
Your project’s innovations must:
  • be sustainable in the context of environmental challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity
  • minimise negative effects such as pollution, food losses and waste
  • promote safe, healthy, nutritious diets
Funding
 
Up to £3million available from the Department for International Development
 
This competition is looking to fund several categories of research. Early stage feasibility studies: £100,000 to £500,000; 12 to 18 months. Mid stage industrial research: £250,000 to £1 million; up to 3 years. Late stage experimental development: £150,000 to £800,000; up to 18 months. 
 
Scope
 
All projects must be collaborative and must include at least one partner from the UK and one from an eligible African country.

Out of Scope
  • forestry or ornamentals
  • wild-capture fisheries
  • equine
  • crops for energy production
How can we help?

We have an expert team who specialise in applying for, and securing funding on behalf of businesses. The success criteria for funding is often complex; engaging a specialist team significantly increases your chance of obtaining funding. If you would like to discuss your eligibility, or apply for this funding, contact us at your earliest opportunity.

We continually appraise the market to source the most appropriate funding available to meet our clients’ requirements.  There are numerous opportunities currently available, spanning a range of industries and topics. If you would like to explore the funding available, call us today to speak to a member of the team and to find out how your business could benefit.