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.

Global Business Innovation Programme to Canada

Are you an innovative SME working in the agri-tech sector?

Innovate UK are calling for UK based SMEs to apply for a one week Global Business Innovation Programme to Canada in 2020.

Dates for your diary

Closing date: Wednesday 11 December 2019

Briefing event: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Programme: Saturday 25 January 2020 – Saturday 1 February 2020

Post visit event: Wednesday 11 March 2020

Why should you apply?

The programme, which will run from Saturday 25 January – Saturday 1 February, aims to support research and development (R&D) collaborations between British and Canadian SMEs that operate in the agri-tech sector.

Successful applicants will be supported throughout the programme, and will receive bespoke one-to-one support from Enterprise Europe Network advisers to help them exploit the opportunity before, during and after the visit to Canada.

When in Canada

Delegates of the programme will be based in Alberta, the country’s prime beef production area that is open to opportunities for the adoption of new precision technologies for livestock production. They will also attend the Precision Agriculture Conference & Ag Technology Showcase in London, Ontario and the Guelph Agri-Food Cluster.

Apply now

Register here. Once registered, you will receive an eventbrite email invitation to the programme’s application form.

Need help?

Please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Lewis, Agri-EPI Centre’s New Business & Proposals Manager, at if you need more information.

UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme (IPP)

Apply for one-year funding for “Discovery Phase” projects

The UK Space Agency’s IPP, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), aims to deliver a measurable and sustainable economic or societal benefit to those in developing countries, through space-enabled Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant programmes.

The Fund will look to create sustainable partnership agreements with any ODA and Development Assistance Committee (DAC) listed countries (excluding India, China and some countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America), as well as opportunities to demonstrate the UK space sector’s unique expertise in leading in the delivery of overseas support programmes and aid work.

> Open date: 22 January 2020

> Closing date: 2 February 2020

What is available? 

There are three calls, which have £8m available in total:

  • 3A – open call, i.e. any sector or topic
  • 3B – specifically weather related systems for pacific Islands, with Australian collaboration
  • 3C – climate resilience planning (please note: this Call is only for the Discovery Phase, which must complete by 31st March 2021)

Discovery Phase projects 

This programme funds one-year “Discovery Phase” projects with a view to transitioning successful projects to a 1-4 year “Operational Phase” afterwards, subject to funding being available.

Who can apply?

The aim of the discovery phase is to ensure in-depth partnership building with the DAC partner country, detailed stakeholder mapping, user requirement gathering and co-identification of user needs, co-creation of solutions.  The operational phase is then for trial and roll-out of solutions to end users.

Projects should link to at least 1 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and deliver significant benefit in the DAC partner country. Partners in the DAC country can include government organisations, research organisations, private sector or NGOs, and are funded at 100% of project eligible costs.

UK partner intervention rates are:

  • Small/micro business: 70%
  • Medium: 60%
  • Large: 50%
  • Research organisations, Government and non profits: 80%

Have you got what it takes?

Register and apply before the 22 January 2020.

Need help?

Please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Lewis, Agri-EPI Centre’s New Business & Proposals Manager, at if you need more information.

UK-Israel Open Collaborative R&D Competition

Funding call to develop technologies targeting global markets

Innovate UK has announced a joint funding competition that supports collaborative, research and development projects between the UK and Israel, which will essentially result in innovative technologies that can be sold in markets across the globe.

Open date: Monday 11 November 2019

Closing date: Wednesday 19 February 2020 (noon)

What is available?

A share of up to £1.5 million in partnership with Israeli companies

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

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

Who can apply?

You can apply for this grant if you are involved in an industrial research project and demonstrate the following:

  • disruptive and innovative idea that will result in a new product
  • strong and deliverable business plan that highlights market opportunities
  • a goal oriented team that will complete the project successfully
  • risk aware – what could go wrong?
  • sound, practical financial plans and deadlines
  • good value for money
  • awareness and set plan for making an economic impact (in both Israel and the UK), ROI and growth
  • understanding of the benefit of two country collaboration
  • the project’s added value.

For more information on the set criteria, please refer to the Government website.

Have you got what it takes?

Register and apply for the UK-Israel open collaborative R&D competition 2019 today.

Need help?

Please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Lewis, Agri-EPI Centre’s New Business & Proposals Manager, at, if you need more information.

ISCF Transforming Food Production

What is ISCF?

The ISCF Transforming Food Production programme has been set up to drive the UK’s agriculture and food production towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040, in line with the NFU’s target for the sector.

Funding opportunities:

Future Food Production Systems

> Open date: 17 September 2019

> Closing date: 22 January 2020

What is available?

£20 million

What projects will be considered?

  • Large scale, high impact projects that are truly transformative in nature, and that rethink the production system
  • Novel, scalable and high value production systems
  • Data-driven solutions that drive productivity, whilst also achieving net zero carbon emissions
  • Aquaculture, indoor/ controlled environment farming systems and novel food sources
  • Radically transformative proposals that target more traditional agriculture sectors
  • Projects worth £1 million – £10 million

Find out more and apply here.

Science and Technology into Practice

Dates to be confirmed.

What is available?

£30 million

What projects will be considered?

  • Strengthen links between research and industry
  • Demonstrate near-market technologies at scale in a commercial environment
  • Integrate technologies into systems
  • Show both technical feasibility and economic viability
  • Contribute towards driving productivity and low emissions

Bilateral funding opportunities: joint funding call for the UK and China

> Open date: 14 October 2019

> Closing date: 23 January 2020

What is available?

£500,000 per project

What projects will be considered?

  • Drive productivity while also driving low emissions production including:
        • Remote sensing for decision making
        • Smart pasture production
        • Precision technologies for indoor or controlled environment agriculture
        • Systems exploiting big data
        • Robotic systems

Please note: UK-based activity must target UK agriculture, as well as export opportunities

Find out more here