Agri-EPI: Innovation Offer

The centre for Engineering, Precision and Innovation in farming, Agri-EPI aims to revolutionise farming and food systems through precision technology. We are a partner of choice for agri-tech developers (from start-ups through to established companies). We help develop profitable and productive solutions to empower more sustainable farms.

Agri-EPI: Innovation Offer

Innovative, ambitious businesses can benefit from the facilities and expertise provided by Catapults and Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs) through Innovate UK EDGE.

Our Innovation Offer

At Agri-EPI, we collaborate with technology innovators and developers to transform their agri-tech ideas into reality through our comprehensive innovation services. Our offerings include a diverse network of commercial farms, R&D support, and business assistance to facilitate the development, testing, and commercialization of cutting-edge agricultural solutions. By providing the necessary resources and expertise, we empower innovators to drive the future of agriculture.

Commercial Farms

  • A diverse network of farm businesses and systems to trial technology
  • End-user engagement and system requirements
  • Measurement and validation
  • Technical advice and support
  • Market insight and analysis
  • Dissemination
  • Data capture

R&D service

  • Consortia building
  • Bid writing and scoping projects
  • Research facilities – across all sectors
  • Engineering space
  • Data collection and ground truth assets
  • Project management and delivery
  • Specialist technical teams

Business Support

  • Membership ecosystem of 250 farmers and industry representatives
  • Networking and thought leadership events
  • Office and research facilities under one roof
  • International links
  • Sustainability experts
  • Investment advice

Meet Our Experts


Agri-EPI Centre has two teams: the Business Development Team and the Technical Team. The Technical Team provides technical expertise and utilizes our advanced technical assets, including sensors, drones, robotics, and more. Our team also has access to testing and trialing facilities, both at our hubs and our partner farms, ensuring that new technologies are tested and validated in real-world farming environments. Our work is dedicated to driving towards more productive and sustainable farming practices, creating a healthier and more sustainable food system. Together, our teams offer a comprehensive suite of services to help agri-tech innovators bring their ideas to market, ultimately transforming the agriculture industry.

Current Funding Opportunities

Farming Innovation Programme -Research Starter round 4

This funding is part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme which is a partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge and delivered by Innovate UK.

Farming, growing or forestry businesses based in England can apply for a share of £850,000 for projects to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience in the agricultural sector.

UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund

The UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) is an early-stage investment fund supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and nine other public research bodies. It aims to assist ambitious UK innovators in seed-stage and beyond by promoting sustainable growth, enhancing societal health and security, and driving economic returns from the UK’s publicly funded research. UKI2S, formerly known as the Rainbow Seed Fund, is a government-backed venture capital fund that offers seed funding to science and technology startups and SMEs.

Innovate UK EDGE

Innovative, ambitious businesses can benefit from the facilities and expertise provided by Catapults and Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs) through Innovate UK EDGE.

Businesses that are looking to grow & scale through innovation can use this grant funding to access Catapults and RTOs.

Space Commercialisation Engine

A new business support programme driven and delivered by the Satellite Applications Catapult, aimed at accelerating innovative and commercially viable Earth Observation (EO) ideas into the market;  for businesses of all sizes.