Key features: The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by the Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to global agricultural challenges.
Award: Varies depending on grant type
Opens: 10 Oct 2013, 00:00
Registration closes: 04 Dec 2013, 12:00
Closes: 11 Dec 2013, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Agri-Tech Catalyst - Early-stage awards
- primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
- non-food uses of arable crops (for example, for biomass)
- food security and nutrition challenges in international development
- challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.
Pre-industrial research feasibility studies
- development projects that encompass validation of disease targets (but not discovery of novel targets involving fundamental research), identification of agchem candidates, characterisation and optimisation, initial manufacturing process development and formulation, demonstration of safety and efficacy, plant and animal breeding trait assessment and marker identification, and material testing for engineering solutions
- diagnostic devices or other analytical technology projects that may include exploration of user requirements, initial design and engineering, systems integration and prototyping, laboratory-based evaluation and characterisation.
Key features of early-stage feasibility study awards
- duration – up to 18 months
- typical project size – £150k to £500k
- applications can be academic- or business-led
- funding for businesses – up to 75% of total eligible project costs for SMEs, up to 60% for larger companies
- total academic partner costs must not exceed 50% of total project costs.
How to apply
The competition process
- Competition opens: 10 October 2013
- Briefing event: 22 October 2013
- Registration deadline: 4 December 2013
- Competition application deadline: 11 December 2013