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Funding available for research and knowledge exchange in the UK comes from a mix of public, industry and charitable sources

The largest source of research funding to agriculture, plant, animal & natural sciences in the UK is UKRI, encompassing BBSRC, NERC & Innovate UK. 

You can track relevant funding opportunities at KTN's Agrifood webpage - ktn-uk.org/agrifood/

Defra is supporting an exciting new programme of funding with its Farming Innovation Programme aiming to bridge between farm, applied and fundamental research.  Support for agricultural research and development is devolved, with specific funding routes available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Levy Bodies support lots of applied research for the benefit of the industry - AHDB, PGRO, BBRO.

Commercial companies in the ag industry support substantial amounts of private research, conducted internally and externally. Many such companies are represented by AIC - the Agricultural Industries Confederation. Companies with substantial research budgets for agricultural R&D include BASF, Syngenta, Bayer, Corteva, Yara, CF, John Deere, Agrii, Frontier, Hutchinsons, Agrovista. In addition, companies at the other enf of the supply chain often support research and KE programmes, studies and reports, including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, ASDA, M&S, Morrisons, Pepsico, Nestle ...  

Support is also available from organisations with interests over the landscape, such as water companies with Catchment Sensitive Farming. Natural England and ELMS Test & Trials.

UK Researchers and organisations are still elligible to be part of collaborative EU projects under various schemes including Horizon Europe, EIP-Agri, Thematic Networks, Intereg and Eureka.

The Charity sector also plays an important role in supporting the knowledge landscape in UK agrifood, both from large charities like WWF, Soil Association, Prince of Wales' Charitable Fund and smaller agricultural charities often addressing local KE needs, represented by the Agri-Food Charities Partnership.  The Morley Agricultural Foundation is one of the larger ag charities.

 

For Agri-tech, there are an increasing number of companies and funds looking to invest in agricultural innovations - eg AgFunder   Grosvenor Food & AgTech (was Wheatsheaf).

 

 

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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.  

DEFRA funding in partnership with Innovate UK, which is looking to support farmers, growers, and foresters who have a bold, ambitious idea. 

Knowledge and business support for farmers in Wales

Agricultural research is conducted by a range of organisations, from individual farmers, through advisors, distributors, manufacturers, charities, societies, supply chain companies, levy bodies, universities and research institutes.  This page aims to connect across these often disparate sources.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

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. 

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We bring together bright young researchers and the most eminent in their fields. We stimulate and support their work. Then we celebrate the breakthrough ideas that emerge, and the difference they make to the world.

Established in 1981 "to advance education and leadership in all aspects of the science and technology of agriculture"

Tesco and WWF are working together to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping

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The Agriculture Knowledge & Innovation System

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Aiming to strengthen the impact and benefit of agricultural research at scale. Supported by the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.

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The Morley Agricultural Foundation is a charity that supports farming in the East of England by funding agricultural research, student studies, professional development of farmers and others and a variety of educational projects for school age children.

A wide range of EU funded projects and networks contribute to the knowledge landscape in agriculture.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network+ (SFN) brings together STFC researchers and facilities with research and industry in the agri-food sector.

The overarching aim of FAIRshare is to ensure that farm advisors and their organisations effectively use digital tools and services for supporting a more productive and sustainable agriculture.

An EU-Wide Farm Network Demonstrating and promoting cost-effective IPM Strategies.

Innovate UK KTN helps organisations interested in AgriFood innovation access the expert informati

Farming Futures R&D Fund – Theme 1 (Expression of Interest) This

Report for Government commissioned by Defra conducted by ADAS & SRUC on the investment in 'Ag

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