Farming Innovation Programme: Large R&D partnerships Round 3

Apply for a share of up to £7.8 million for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.

Deadline: 13 March 2024, 11am

Farming Innovation Programme


Competition closes: 13 March 2024, 11am

Invite to interview: 19 April 2024 | Interviews: 20 May – 03 June 2024

Applicants notified: 26 June 2024

Project start date & duration: 01 October 2024 for up to 48 months


Support is available for 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

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 to identify the major challenges or opportunities
  • accelerate the development and demonstration of new agricultural solutions through collaboration with the wider UK research community
  • 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
  • develop and deliver a knowledge exchange (KE) plan that identifies the targets for the solution with a clear dissemination plan to relevant stakeholders and the wider 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

Projects must address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the following industry subsectors: livestock; plants; novel food production systems; bioeconomy and agroforestry


  • Subsidy Control and EC State Aid funding rules apply.
  • Awards to primary agricultural producers are subject to 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 grant claiming 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 £3 million and £5 million (£7.8 million pot).
  Project maturity (up to but not including commercialisation)
Organisation size Industrial Research (TRL3-5) Experimental Development (TRL 6-7)
Micro/small business <70% <45%
Medium sized business <60% <35%
Large business <50% <25%


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: 0161 488 3488 or fill out the contact form below.

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