Government launches £5m grant funding programme for farming innovators

Government launches £5m grant funding programme for farming innovators
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Tue 4th Jul 2023

Small and medium sized farming businesses will be able to apply for a share of £5m in grant funding for innovations that increase sustainable food production.

Opening for applications on 24 July, the Farming Innovation Investor Partnership competition is aimed at agricultural projects "that have demonstrated the potential to grow and generate revenue, supporting the commercialisation of on-farm technologies that can then be rolled out across the industry".

As well as sustainable food production, the grant programme focuses on driving progress to net zero, improving farm resilience and support nature recovery.

The scheme is an extension of the £270m Farming Innovation Programme which has provided £100m for projects including autonomous livestock monitoring systems, robotic fruit harvesting systems, concentrated light weeding using AI, intelligent robotic cow cubicles and digital crop management for the early detection of glasshouse pests and diseases.

For the latest funding, businesses can bid for up to 45% of project costs in grants which must be matched by at least twice the amount in private investment. Projects must be led by a sole UK registered micro, small, or medium-sized business.

Applications open on Monday 24 July 2023 and close at 10am on Wednesday 30 August 2023.

The scheme is funded by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, run in partnership with UK Research & Innovation and delivered by Innovate UK

Farming minister Mark Spencer said:

"Supporting a resilient, sustainable and innovative agriculture sector that puts food on our tables while safeguarding the environment is my priority, and we are working with farmers to deliver this through our new farming schemes and grants.

"By bringing together cutting-edge agri-innovation and public and private investment, we can unlock new technologies that help make our farm businesses as productive as possible."

Full details about the Farming Innovation Investor Partnership competition are here. Businesses can also sign up for an online briefing at 10.30am on 25 July.

Relevant Enterprise Nation resources

Plan it with Purpose business sustainability hub

The risks and benefits of companies going net zero

Webinar: The key steps to net zero

Amazon Bootcamp: Grow your rural business

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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