Farming Innovation Programme – Large R&D Partnership Projects

UK registered businesses can apply for support from Defra and UKRI for projects that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities to improve productivity; sustainability and environmental impact of farming; progression towards Net Zero emissions; and, resilience. Interested? Feel free to contact us!


Competition closes: 29 June 2022, 11am

Interviews: 12-23 September 2022

Applicants notified: 12 October 2022

Project start date & duration: 01 February 2023; up to 48 months

SCOPE – proposals must demonstrate how the project will:

  • work with end users across the supply chain to identify the major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities;
  • benefit farmers, growers, or foresters in England;
  • build understanding of how your approach can best achieve widespread use, developing a theory of change, working with economists, social scientists, and other relevant experts;
  • have scalable solutions that can be taken up widely and have widespread impact;
  • demonstrate how the project will support a transformative change in the agriculture sector;
  • develop and deliver a knowledge exchange plan that identifies stakeholders and a dissemination plan;
  • exploit the outputs of the project, and expected outcomes in terms of solution adoption, for example, number of end users, area of land, and percentage of production using the new solution.


Projects must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the industry subsectors:

  • livestock;
  • plants;
  • novel food production systems;
  • bioeconomy and agroforestry.


  • Are equine specific
  • Involve wild caught fisheries
  • Involve aquaculture, including algae and seaweed, for fish production
  • Are cellular or acellular production systems, fermentation systems for bacteria, yeast or fungi
  • Are for the production of cannabis for medicinal or pharmaceutical use
  • Do not benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England
  • Are dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage


  • WTO agreement on agriculture, subsidy control and state aid funding rules apply.
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from the UK.
  • 50% min of any grant awarded to farmers, growers or foresters, allocated to those based in England
  • Projects must be led by a UK registered business of any size.
  • Collaborations must involve at least one grant claiming SME and at least one grant claiming academic institution, RTO, charity, not-for-profit or public sector organisation.
  • Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK. Costs must be justified and appropriate. Overseas subcontractors must be justified by making a case for why a UK supplier could not be used.


  • Total eligible project costs between £3 million and £5 million (£8 million pot).
  • For 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 up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.


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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