Farming Innovation Programme Small R&D Partnership Projects Round 2

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £11M for small R&D partnerships projects, from the Farming Innovation Programme. Funding is for industrial research investigating new solutions that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities. Interested? Then get in touch to find out more!


  • Competition closes: 02 November 2022, 11am
  • Invite to interview: 16 December 2022
  • Interviews: 23 January – 01 February 2023
  • Applicants notified: 17 February 2023
  • Project start date & duration: 01 June 2023 for up to 36 months


The aim of this competition is to fund industrial research investigating new solutions that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities. Solutions must significantly improve:

  • productivity
  • sustainability and environmental impact
  • 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.

Projects must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.

Specific Themes

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

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

Projects that will not be funded

  • do not benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England
  • are equine specific
  • involve wild caught fisheries
  • involve aquaculture for fish production or human consumption
  • involve cellular or acellular production systems, fermentation systems for bacteria, yeast or fungi for human consumption
  • are for the production of cannabis for medicinal or pharmaceutical use
  • are dependent on export performance
  • are dependent on domestic inputs usage


  • State Aid and Subsidy Control funding rules apply.
  • Must be collaborative projects led by a UK-registered business and include at least one SME.
  • Carry out all of the work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in England.
  • Have a minimum of 50% of any grant that is requested by farmers, growers or foresters, allocated to farmers, growers or foresters based in England.
  • Subcontractors are allowed, preferably UK-based, with appropriate and justified costs.

Funding Rates

  • Total eligible project costs between £1M and £3M (£11M 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

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.

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