Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable Farm-based Protein Feasibility and Industrial Research Competitions

Closing Date: 21/09/2022

UK registered organisations can apply for grants to fund feasibility projects and industrial research studies developing solutions for reducing farm emissions.

This competition is administered by Innovate UK (IUK); the UK’s innovation agency. IUK works with people, companies and partner organisations to de-risk, enable and support innovation, and promote UK economic growth. IUK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – a non-departmental public body, funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This funding is part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme which is delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge.

The Farming Innovation Programme has been set up to fund ambitious research and development projects to overcome barriers and create a more productive and sustainable sector. Projects will benefit England’s farmers, growers, foresters and other businesses to conduct R&D to help boost productivity, enhance sustainable practices, improve environmental outcomes and reduce carbon.

Proposals must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.

This competition is split into two strands:

  • Strand 1: Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable farm-based protein, Feasibility studies
  • Strand 2: Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable farm-based protein, Industrial research

The focus of this competition is sustainable farm-based protein production. Projects must be within one or more of the four industry subsectors:

  • Livestock
  • Plants
  • Novel food production systems (such as algae, seaweed, insects, etc)
  • Bioeconomy and agroforestry
Funding body Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value £700,000
Reference ID S24045
Category Biotechnology and Biology
Economic and Social Research
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Natural Environment
Fund or call Fund