UK-Canada: enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability

Funding opportunities

Opens: 27 January 2020

Closes: 20 May 2020

What is available?

A share of £2 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is available, with a maximum of £400,000 per application for UK partners up for grabs. The NRC IRAP will contribute a maximum of $700,000 CAD, which should be shared between all Canadian partners involved in the project.

What projects will be considered?

Funding is available to support those projects that are focussed on enhancing the productivity and sustainability of livestock, aquaculture and crops systems. Projects must last between 24 and 29 months starting 1 Nov 2020


To be considered for the funding, all companies must be eligible to apply for state aid at the time of confirmation of the reward.

Businesses that are working alone will not be considered. The project consortium must contain at least:

  • one UK registered business of any size and
  • one registered Canadian SME (500 or fewer employees).

Please note that academic institutions and research and technology organisations can take part in the project, however, will not receive funding.

For more information, please visit: or email Agri-EPI Centre’s New Business and Proposals Manager, Rebecca Lewis.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2020

Funding opportunities

Opens: 10 January 2020

Closes: 22 April 2020 (midday)

What is available?

£25,000 – £500,000 for 6 – 18 month single or collaborative projects

£25,000 – £2 million for 19 -36 month projects only

What projects will be considered?

Projects that are game-changing and commercially viable, innovative and disruptive. They should be linked to technology that can be applied to any part of the economy, including science and engineering, and must involve at least one micro or Small to Medium-sized Enterprise.

The project must begin no later than October 2020 and end no later than October 2023.

Please note, projects will not receive funding if they do not:

  • meet the competition eligibility or scope
  • address the size, potential and access to market for the innovation
  • evidence the potential for their idea or concept to lead to significant return on investment (ROI), positive economic impact, growth and scale-up of the business.

For more information, please visit: or email Agri-EPI Centre’s New Business and Proposals Manager, Rebecca Lewis.