A new Farming Innovation Pathways funding competition will begin on March 1 to address the challenges of productivity, sustainability and net zero emissions in agriculture.
The contest is open to UK registered companies and research institutes that need funding to conduct feasibility studies or collaborative industry research.
Financing priorities include new technology solutions such as projects involving robotics and automation. This includes a visual guidance robot herbicide system and a new food production system that includes vertical farming.
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This fund is a collaboration between UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Defra.
The project can be based anywhere in the UK, but it must be able to clearly show potential benefits to the UK agricultural sector.
Every project needs to work with farmers, producers, or producers to find a farm-focused solution that addresses long-term challenges.
Applicants looking for financial support for a feasibility study must have a total eligible project cost between £ 75,000 and £ 250,000.
The project requires a qualified total cost between £ 250,000 and £ 750,000 for applying for industrial research support.
Victoria Prentis, Minister of Defra, said:
“Promising innovations such as robotics, automation and new food production systems can help farmers transform their performance and address some of the industry’s biggest challenges.”
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
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