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
Deadline: 22/01/2020


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.

Fund Details

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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