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Funding for Sustainable farm-based protein

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million across the two strands of this competition to develop innovative solutions for sustainable farm-based protein production. This funding is from the Farming Futures R&D Fund.

Competition opens: Monday 25 July 2022

Competition closes: Wednesday 21 September 2022 11:00am

Defra and Innovate UK will work in collaboration to deliver a portfolio of projects that meet the objectives of the Farming Innovation Programme to develop innovative solutions that increase the productivity and sustainability of farming. The focus of this competition is sustainable farm-based protein production.

The aim of this funding is to:

  • accelerate the development of novel and disruptive technologies, that will transform traditional farm protein production systems into more sustainable models
  • support innovation with the potential to grow the sustainable protein industry and create new sources of resource efficient, low emission proteins
  • support significant improvements to farming productivity, environmental sustainability and resilience in the sector and move existing agricultural sectors to net zero
  • accelerate R&D of game changing opportunities by building diverse consortia including the UK agricultural sector and relevant research expertise
  • support projects that demonstrate environmental and societal impact, and include clear project deliverables for measuring the sustainability of the solutions and how they are preventing negative impact upon the sector
  • encourage dissemination and knowledge exchange to drive impact and wide uptake in the farming sector

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

This competition is split into 2 strands:

Strand 1: Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable farm-based protein, Feasibility studies

  • Total costs of £200k – £500k and a duration of up to 24 months


Strand 2: Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable farm-based protein, Industrial research.

  • Total costs of £500k – £1m and a duration of up to 24 months (breeding projects which can be up to 60 months)

Find out more about the competition and how you can apply here

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