Agri-tech catalyst round 10: agriculture and food systems, late stage

Fund Name: Agri-tech catalyst round 10- Late stage
Project Length: Up to 18 months
Project Value: £150,000 and £800,000
Deadline: 21/10/2020

Summary

The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of innovation in the development of agricultural and food systems in Africa. Your project must result in more use of innovations by farmers and food systems organisations, such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors and wholesalers.

Fund Details

Your proposal must show the potential to have a positive impact on poverty through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation.

You can choose from one or more of the following areas:

  • primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
  • non-food uses of crops, excluding ornamentals
  • challenges in food processing, distribution or storage, and value addition (such as through a change in the
  • physical state or form of the product)
  • improving the availability and accessibility of safe, healthy and nutritious foods

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 loss and waste
  • promote safe, healthy and nutritious diets

Your application must demonstrate how the primary benefit from your project will be a contribution to international development outcomes, specifically:

  • enhanced food and nutrition security and
  • welfare of the poor in urban and rural areas in developing countries

Eligible African countries:

Angola
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Côte d’Ivoire
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mozambique
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £150,000 and £800,000
    start by 1 April 2021
    last up to 18 months

All projects must:

  • be collaborative
  • include a UK registered lead applicant organisation (known in previous rounds as the ‘administrative lead’)
  • include a technical lead, from any country
  • include at least one business (from the UK or an eligible African country from the list below)
  • include at least one partner from an eligible African country
  • implement significant activity in the eligible African country

Lead organisations

The lead applicant:

  • must be a UK registered business of any size
  • will be responsible for completing the application
  • will be the recipient of the award (referred to as ‘project manager’ in the Innovation Funding Service)
  • will manage and be accountable for the project’s finances in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award
  • must claim grant funding through this competition
  • can partner in up to 2 other applications where they are neither the lead applicant nor the technical lead
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