Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation, early stage

Fund Name: Agri-tech catalyst round 9: early stage
Project Length: 12- 18 months
Project Value: £100k - £500k
Deadline: 08/01/2020


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

For early-stage feasibility studies, your total eligible project costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Projects must start by 1 July 2020 and last between 12 and 18 months.

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
Specific themes

Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

  • integrating smallholders into global and local supply chains
  • increasing the value of production to smallholders
  • control of crop pests, weeds and diseases
  • meeting quality standards and improving productivity
  • reducing food losses ‘post-farm gate’ and through the value chain
  • addressing food safety issues through the value chain
  • new food technologies and data-driven food systems, including for urban areas
  • addressing challenges in downstream food processing, distribution, or storage and value addition
  • innovation that supports food systems to deliver nutritious, healthy and safe food

All projects must:

  • include a UK registered administrative lead
  • include a technical lead from any country
  • include at least one business (UK or African)
  • be collaborative
  • include a partner from an African country
  • implement significant activity in the eligible African country

Lead organisation

The administrative lead:

  • will be the recipient of the award
  • will manage and be accountable for the project’s finances in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award
  • must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or research organisation
  • must claim funding through this competition
  • can partner in up to 2 other applications where they are neither the administrative lead nor the technical lead

The technical lead:

  • will lead to the development of the scope, work packages within the project and other work from a technical perspective
  • can be a partner organisation from any country
  • can be a business of any size, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or research organisation
  • must claim to fund through this competition
  • can also be the administrative lead if a UK organisation

UK organisations can be both the administrative and technical lead.

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