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Diet and health innovation

Fund Name

Diet and health innovation: Early stage feasibility projects

Project Length

9-18 months

Project Value

£100k - £250k



Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to invest up to £2.5 million in innovation projects.

This competition aims to support UK-registered businesses and UK research organisations in the design and development of innovative food products to support sustained health and well-being.

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Fund details

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

Projects can focus on one or more of the following:

  • functional and novel foods to support healthy ageing across the life course
  • biofortification as an approach to target delivery of bioactive compounds
  • probiotics and prebiotics to maintain or promote a gut microbiome and metabolome that could improve health

Projects should consider:

  • sustainability in the context of environmental challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity
  • how to minimise negative effects such as pollution, food loss and waste


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a business of any size


  • a research organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding

Your consortium must include at least one business and one research organisation, as a minimum.


This competition is funding early-stage feasibility studies.

You could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation
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