ISCF Future food production systems
Fund Name: ISCF Future food production systems
Project Length: 24-33 months
Project Value: Greater than £1m but less than £10m
Your project must aim to determine the transformation of future food production systems. It must be ambitious, multidisciplinary and systems-focused rather than dedicated to developing a single technology.
The scope of this competition is broad. Innovate UK are looking for large scale, ambitious, integrated and data-driven solutions that can help move UK food production towards a sustainable and productive, net-zero emissions future.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be greater than £1 million but less than £10 million.
Projects must start by 1 July 2020 and end by 31 March 2023. They can last between 24 and 33 months.
Projects funded under this competition must address one of the following:
- the development of new, resource-efficient, low emission food production systems
- the technological and other bottlenecks that prevent existing state-of-the-art systems from supplying mainstream consumer markets
You must show how your project will:
- significantly contribute to achieving net-zero emissions across one or more food products
- provide nutrient-dense foods that are accessible to mainstream consumers
- deliver other relevant benefits to society, such as reduced resource consumption, waste or improved animal welfare
- apply a systems approach as opposed to working on a single technology
Possible project areas could include, but are not limited to:
- indoor growing systems
- aquaculture, including deepwater and algal culture
- new food sources, including insects and fermentation-based systems
This competition’s funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Projects must align with specific objectives 1 and 3 of the Transforming Food Production challenge.
1. Create integrated data-driven solutions to drive primary agricultural productivity whilst driving towards net-zero emissions
3. Stimulate the establishment of novel high-value production systems to position UK technologies at the forefront of new industries.
To lead a project your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size
- collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
involve at least one SME
- carry out its project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
Research organisations cannot lead a project.
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