Measurement technologies for agri-food systems

24th Jan 2013

The Technology Strategy Board together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £8.75m in helping businesses develop innovative measurement technologies for efficient agri-food systems.

This will primarily involve collaborative R&D projects, with up to £500k of the total funding available for relevant feasibility studies.

The focus of the competition will be on developing new tools for use in the field, to enhance:

  • understanding and application of genomic information
  • management decision-making
  • data capture and integration throughout the value chain.

Project proposals must be business-led and collaborative. We are primarily seeking to fund industrial research, with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). We expect collaborative R&D projects to range in size from £500k to £1.5m, with the maximum total project size being around £2m. We may consider larger projects, but applicants should discuss this with us before making their application.

Up to £500k will be available for smaller-scale feasibility studies. These too should be collaborative, and project size can range from around £25k to £100k. Funding will depend upon the type of project participant – business partners can attract public funding of up to 65% of their project costs (75% for SMEs). Projects should explore relevant and relatively high-risk technical opportunities for further development by industry.

The collaborative R&D element of this competition is a two-stage process; the feasibility studies element involves a single-stage process of application and selection. Both open on 18 March 2013. The deadline for submission of proposals is noon on 1 May 2013.


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