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Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition

Fund Name

Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition

Project Length

6-30 months

Project Value

£150k - £1m

Deadline

29.03.2023

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation is to invest up to £20 million across the three strands of this competition.

The aim of this competition is to support UK registered businesses in the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges; all part of Innovate UK’s support for growing the future economy. This funding also includes Novel low-emission food production systems: Feasibility studies.

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Fund details

Your project must have the potential to impact the nutritional quality of food and drink products consumed by the UK population.

Your project can focus on:

  • Enhancing food quality: innovative technologies and processes to improve the nutritional quality of foods and ingredients
  • Functional foods: foods with specific health benefits
  • Stratified nutrition: products aimed at particular demographics or groups
  • Fortified and biofortified foods: including processed foods, convenience foods and raw materials produced at farm level
  • Plant-based and alternative proteins: alternative protein sources for healthier and more sustainable diets, and processes that are accepted by consumers to incorporate these alternative protein sources into food products
  • Preservation, packaging and storage technologies: to increase shelf life including for healthy convenient foods and nutritious perishable foods

Innovate UK would like to encourage innovations that:

  • Have the potential to improve nutrition in commonly eaten products, including across the convenience and fast food sectors
  • Are affordable and accessible to all

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

Innovate UK are not funding projects that:

  • Are not focussed on foods for human consumption, for example pet food
  • Are not sustainable in the context of environmental challenges
  • Do not minimise negative effects

Innovate UK cannot fund projects that are:

  • Dependent on export performance, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it exports a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • Dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it uses 50% UK flour in their product

Eligibility

This competition is split into 3 strands:

  • Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, early-stage
  • Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, mid-stage
  • Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, late-stage

Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, early-stage 

Your project must:

  • Have total costs between £100,000 and £500,000
  • Last between 9 and 24 months

Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, mid-stage

Your project must:

  • Have total costs between £250,000 and £1 million
  • Last between 12 and 30 months

Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, late-stage

Your project must:

  • Have total costs between £150,000 and £800,000
  • Last between 6 and 18 months

All projects must:

  • Carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Lead organisation and project team details depend on which stage you’re applying for, so please get in touch to find out more information specific to your innovation.

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