A new long-term funding programme to support farmers, growers, foresters and other businesses to embrace innovative ways to maximise productivity and drive sustainability has opened for applications.

The Farming Innovation Programme, one of the new measures set out in the Government’s Agricultural Transition Plan, will support ambitious projects to transform productivity and enhance environmental sustainability in England’s agricultural and horticultural sectors, whilst driving the sectors towards net zero.

The 3 projects that have opened for applications are:

  • Research Starter Projects

These are designed to help farmers, growers, and foresters based in England develop bold, ambitious, early-stage ideas and build a collaborative team. 

Applications for Research Starter Projects close 24th November 2021. 

  • Feasibility Projects

These are designed to test the feasibility of early-stage solutions and to inform decisions on subsequent, larger scale research and development projects.

Applications for Feasibility Projects close 1st December 2021. 

  • Small Research and Development Partnership Projects

These are designed to carry out research for innovative solutions that have the potential to substantially improve the overall productivity, sustainability, and resilience of the sectors. 

Applications for Small Research and Development Partnership Projects close 1st December 2021. 

For more information on the above projects, and how to apply go to the Farming Innovation Site

Applications for the Large Research and Development Partnership Projects will launch in 2022.

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