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The Farming Innovation Programme is part of Defra’s investment in innovation, research and development.

Defra is partnering with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on the programme. 

All funding will be awarded through competitions. This means applications for each competition will be judged, and only the successful ones will be funded. 

The programme’s aims are: 

  • Help farmers, growers and foresters increase productivity, sustainability and resilience
  • Reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and horticulture
  • Apply agricultural research to provide real benefits for farmers, growers and foresters
  • Use science to develop solutions for the practical challenges in agriculture and horticulture

To get funding, you must work in collaboration with a team.

Several rounds of funding have now been announced. Successful projects from applications in October 2021 have been announced by UKRI here and here, including the first round of Research Starter projects.

Competitions include:

Innovate UK KTN can help with applications and run briefing webinars and consortia building workshops, see here.

Check out the Transforming Food Production LinkedIn page to keep up to date with news and find potential partners.

If you have ideas for these calls or would like to build a consortium use the comments below, or set up your idea as a new Group page.


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Farm-PEP aims to bring together all the sources of useful knowledge for Agriculture, whether from academic science, applied research projects, industry trials, farmers own trials or simple on-farm experience. Listed below are useful websites, organisations and websites that we know of.  Add any we've missed in the comments box or by adding as new content, or better still, as a new Group.  

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