Improving farm productivity in UK and Canada: apply for funding

22 Jan 2020 11:12 AM

Businesses can apply for a share of £2 million to work with Canadian partners on new technologies that could improve farm productivity and reduce pollution.

Agriculture is facing a major challenge to feed a global population of around 9 billion by 2050.

Food producers must grow more food but in a way that is more sustainable and efficient and that reduces pollution, minimises waste and improves soil condition.

Both the UK and Canada recognise the economic importance of agriculture and have been working together to identify areas of mutual interest.

The Canadian and UK agri-food sectors were worth C$108.1 billion and £109 billion respectively in 2014. The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Food Production Challenge has up to £90 million to help businesses invest in new data-driven precision-agriculture technologies that could transform food production.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £2 million from the fund to invest in innovative research and development projects that involve UK businesses working with partners in Canada.

Partner businesses in Canada must be registered small or medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees and will receive funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program International

Find out more about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Food Production Challenge.

Projects should aim for net zero emissions

Projects must be in line with the aims of the transforming food production challenge including the use of data-driven precision approaches and contributing towards a target of net zero agriculture emissions by 2040.

They should aim to bring new businesses and technologies into the UK and Canadian agriculture sectors and show they have taken account of the needs of farmers and growers. They can be in crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.

Funding will support projects that:

Competition information

Find out more about this competition and apply.