Better Food for All: innovation for improved nutrition

Apply for a share of £20M for projects that will support the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges. Projects must have the potential to impact the nutritional quality of food and drink products consumed by the UK population. Funding is available across 3 development stages: Early; Mid; and, Late. Interested? Then get in touch to find out more!


Competition closes: 29 March 2023, 11am

Applicants notified: 12 May 2023

Project start date: by September 2023


Projects can focus on:

  • enhancing food quality: innovative technologies and processes to improve the nutritional quality of foods and ingredients
  • functional foods: foods with specific health benefits
  • stratified nutrition: products aimed at particular demographics or groups
  • fortified and biofortified foods: including processed foods, convenience foods and raw materials produced at farm level
  • plant-based and alternative proteins: alternative protein sources for healthier and more sustainable diets, and processes that are accepted by consumers to incorporate these alternative protein sources into food products
  • preservation, packaging and storage technologies: to increase shelf life including for healthy convenient foods and nutritious perishable foods

We would like to encourage innovations that:

  • have the potential to improve nutrition in commonly eaten products, including across the convenience and fast food sectors
  • are affordable and accessible to all

Project innovations must :

  • be sustainable in the context of environmental challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity
  • minimise negative effects such as pollution, food loss and waste


  • Projects must be led by a UK-registered business (mid and late stage) or organisation (early stage).
  • Projects must be collaborative, and include at least one other eligible grant claiming UK registered business (late stage) or organisation (early and mid stage) i.e. a business, academic institution, charity, not for profit, public sector, or RTO.
  • You can include non-funded partners. Their costs count towards the total project costs
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from UK.
  • Subcontractors must be UK based, with costs justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
  • Subsidy Control and EC State Aid funding rules apply

Funding Rates

  • Early Stage: Feasibility Studies: £100,000 and £500,000; 9-24 months duration
  • Mid Stage: Industrial Research: £250,000 and £1M; 12-30 months duration
  • Late Stage: Experimental Development £150,000 and £800,000; 6-18 months duration

For Feasibility Studies or Industrial Research you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For Experimental Development you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

Research organisations in your consortium can share 30% (mid-stage) – 50% (early-stage) of the total project costs.

How PNO can support you

The UK team has a strong track record in securing some of the most competitive national and European grants on behalf of its clients, with a full understanding of how a project should be presented to stand the highest chance of success. Each year in the UK alone, we are responsible for the submission of more than 100 funding applications across all sectors and priority areas. Based on this extensive experience, through careful project selection and using key insight into how a project should be best positioned, we consistently achieve success rates that are more than 5 times the typical success rates for UK national schemes and EU programmes.

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