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Growing Kent and Medway

Fund Name

Growing Kent and Medway: prototyping and demonstrator fund

Project Length

Up to 12 months

Project Value

£50k - £150k

Deadline

24.01.2024

Innovate UK will work with the Growing Kent and Medway (GKM) consortium, led by NIAB to invest up to £750,000 in innovative new technologies in the horticultural food and drink supply chain.

The aim of this competition is to support business-focused innovative technology development with an emphasis on industrial prototyping and demonstration. The technologies developed in these projects must aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve sustainability, or deliver improved productivity in horticultural and food production systems.

The lead organisation may be based outside of the Kent and Medway (K&M) area but you must collaborate with at least one organisation in the K&M area.

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Fund details

The competition focuses on:

  • horticultural production including the production of novel, high-value compounds from plants
  • fresh produce packaging
  • food and drink processing and manufacturing

Your proposal must focus on innovative technology development and:

  • design, develop, test and deploy a technology
  • conduct a technical and economic assessment

Your proposal must demonstrate the potential to positively impact the economy of the Kent and Medway (K&M) area.

Your project must:

  • provide solutions that tackle new or emerging needs
  • demonstrate a realistic potential to support business growth, scale-up, and job creation
  • deliver benefits to the region as well as further afield
  • underpin a full commercial and operational technology deployment after September 2025, by delivering a meaningful operational demonstration in real-world conditions for at least two weeks before 30 November 2025
  • achieve market potential through a clear strategy for commercialising the technology and the product

Specific themes

  • moving towards net zero carbon emissions targets
  • minimising waste and maximising recycling
  • improving resource use efficiency and sustainability
  • increasing productivity
  • resilient food production, for example: supply chain resilience, nutritional security
  • addressing current and future labour or skills shortages, supply or demand-driven, within the K&M agri-food sector

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have a total grant funding request between £50,000 and £150,000
  • start from 1 May 2024
  • end by 30 September 2025
  • last up to 12 months
  • carry out at least 60% of its project work in the Kent and Medway (K&M) area
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the K&M area

The lead organisation may be based outside of the Kent and Medway (K&M) area but you must collaborate with at least one organisation in the K&M area.

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