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Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable farm-based protein, feasibility studies

Fund Name

Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable farm-based protein, feasibility studies

Project Length

Up to 24 months

Project Value

£200k-£500k

Deadline

21.09.2022

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The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative feasibility studies developing ambitious new solutions for sustainable farm-based protein production in the UK. These must address identified major on-farm or immediate post-farmgate challenges or opportunities in agricultural and horticultural practices.

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Fund Details

Your project must seek to significantly improve:

  • productivity
  • sustainability and environmental impact of farming
  • progression towards net zero emissions
  • longer term resilience

Your proposal must:

  • demonstrate environmental benefits and societal impact
  • include clear project deliverables for measuring the sustainability of the solutions, and how they are preventing negative impact upon the sector
  • be able to demonstrate how the solution and output will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England
  • ensure your solutions are closely aligned with industry priorities to deliver business-orientated and transformative opportunities
  • consider how it will encourage dissemination and knowledge exchange to the wider sector

Specific Themes

Your project must be in one or more of the four industry subsectors:

  • livestock
  • plants
  • novel animal feed production systems (such as algae, seaweed, insects, etc)
  • bioeconomy and agroforestry

Your solutions can also support emerging production systems that create new sources of resource efficient, low emission proteins that address longer-term food security for mainstream consumers or animal feed users.

Your project must:

  • have total costs between £200,000 and £500,000
  • start by 1 April 2023
  • end by 31 March 2025
  • last up to 24 months
  • be collaborative
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in England
  • have a minimum of 50% of any grant that is requested by farmers, growers or foresters, allocated to farmers, growers or foresters based in England

Eligibility

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size,
  • be a UK registered academic institution,
  • be a UK registered research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • collaborate with other UK registered organisations

If the lead organisation is an academic institution or an RTO it must collaborate with at least 2 businesses of any size.

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