The Farming Innovation Programme provides research and development funding to farmers and growers who want to develop and use new, innovative methods and technologies. The aim of the fund is to support farmers to become more productive, environmentally sustainable and resilient to the global food security challenges of the future. You might remember that alongside UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) we launched the first rounds of funding in October, and 2 more in March. In this post, I’ll share information about our latest funding opportunity: the Research Starter Projects Competition.
Niall is a senior policy adviser in the Farming Innovation team.
The team is responsible for developing Defra’s new Farming Innovation Programme as part of the measures to increase innovation and boost sustainable productivity in agriculture and horticulture.
Niall oversees the team’s relationship with their delivery partner UKRI, working with them to lead the development of the Industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund and the upcoming Farming Futures R&D Fund, as well as overseeing delivery of the recent Farming Innovation Pathways competition.
From today, Wednesday 30 March, you can apply for a share of £20.5 million funding in 2 new competitions in the Farming Innovation Programme in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Earlier this summer, we said that we would launch the first competitions of the new Industry-led Research and Development Partnerships Fund in October. I'm pleased to say that we’re on track. The £17.5 million Industry-led Research and Development Partnerships Fund is the first of 3 funds to launch in the new Farming Innovation Programme. Applications for a share of this funding will open Wednesday 20 October 2021.
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