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Environmental Monitoring Innovation

Fund Name

Environmental Monitoring Innovation

Project Length

3-18 months

Project Value

£150k - £450k

Deadline

06.03.2024

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and Innovate UK (IUK), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects.

This competition will fund collaborative projects that develop environmental monitoring solutions to enable improved monitoring of environmental variables.

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Fund details

Defra and IUK are looking for projects that will:

  • support the development of new sensing systems and monitoring capabilities that will either improve existing approaches or introduce new ones
  • support the testing of these products, including ‘ground-truthing’ with existing monitoring regimes, verifying their accuracy and reliability, and potential for deployment at scale
  • help the UK environmental monitoring sector in anticipating and responding to growing markets for environmental sensing, delivering economic growth to the UK
  • deliver new and strengthened partnerships between academia, public and private sectors, and across disciplines, stimulating innovative approaches

Your project must focus on one or more of the following challenge areas:

  • biodiversity and natural capital
  • soil health (including measuring soil carbon)
  • water quality
  • greenhouse gas (GHG) and ammonia emissions from Defra sectors

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have total costs between £150,000 and £450,000
  • last between 3 and 18 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • start by 1 August 2024
  • end by 31 January 2026

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK-registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK-registered organisations

 

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