Farming Innovation Programme: Large R&D Partnerships Round 2

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8M for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.



Competition closes: 19 April 2023

Invite to interview: 26 May 2023 Interviews: 26 June – 07 July 2023

Applicants notified: 28 July 2023

Project start date & duration: 01 November for up to 48 months


The aim of this competition is to fund industrial research and experimental development projects that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities. Solutions or project outputs must significantly improve: productivity; sustainability and environmental impact of farming; progression towards net zero emissions​; resilience

Businesses within a supply chain, are encouraged to come together as a partnership to solve major challenges or opportunities. Proposals must be able to demonstrate how the project will:

  • benefit farmers, growers, or foresters in England through commercially relevant solutions
  • actively work with end users across the whole supply chain
  • accelerate the development and demonstration of new agricultural solutions
  • 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, be integrated into existing production systems, and have widespread impact
  • demonstrate how the project will support a transformative change in the agricultural sector
  • 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

Specific Themes Livestock | plants | novel food production systems | bioeconomy and agroforestry

Projects that will not be funded

Are equine specific | involve wild caught fisheries | involve aquaculture for fish production or human consumption | involve cellular expression of proteins or cultivated meat | involve acellular production systems, fermentation systems for bacteria, yeast or fungi for human consumption | are for the production of crops or plants for medicinal or pharmaceutical use.


  • Subsidy Control and EC State Aid funding rules apply.
  • Awards to primary agricultural producers are subject to the WTO green box exemption.
  • Must be collaborative projects led by a UK-registered business and include at least one SME and involve at least one academic institution, RTO, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation.
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from UK.
  • Subcontractors are allowed, preferably UK-based, with appropriate and justified costs.

Funding Rates

  • Total eligible project costs between £3M and 5M (£8M pot).

For Industrial Research (TRL3-5) 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 (TRL 6-7) 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.

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.

For further information or to discuss a project idea please contact PNO Consultants

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