Today Jim Paice, Food and Farming Minister, launched a £15 million programme to stimulate innovation and growth in the food industry at the Farming, Food and Drink Innovate for Growth Summit
This programme comprises of two funding competitions.
- The Technology Strategy Board, in partnership with Defra and BBSRC, will invest up to £15 million in major R&D projects that increase the efficiency, sustainability and competitiveness of the food processing and manufacturing sector, focussing on increasing efficiency and reducing supply chain waste. Applications open in June 2012.
- Defra and the Technology Strategy Board are also launching the Innovate for Growth competition, providing up to twenty £25k grants for innovative SMEs across the farming, food and drink industries. This funding will support the rapid development of an innovative idea and demonstrate its practical feasibility. The competition will open in April, with results announced in the summer.
Regional Workshops – Get help with your application
To promote both these competitions further, the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organising a series of regional workshops in March and April 2012 around the UK.
20th March – Belfast:
22nd March Edinburgh:
27th March – Leeds:
28th March – Peterborough:
29th March Reading:
3rd April – Exeter:
4th April Cardiff:
These workshops will help delegates to get a better understanding of the scope of these competitions, as well as the competition process, rules and how to apply. Biosciences KTN representatives will be on hand to help with any queries related to the competition and to explain how the Biosciences KTN can help applicants with the process. Delegates will also be able to give a short presentation outlining their areas of expertise and interest to potential partners.
To access the competition documents, please make sure you are a member of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform group on connect.