Agricultural science and technology is one of the world's fastest-growing and exciting markets, driven by global challenges:
a rising population
rapid development of emerging economies
shortages of land, water and energy.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst
How will it work?
The Agri-Tech Catalyst is now open for applications, to support businesses and academia in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector. The Agri-Tech Catalyst will fund proposals relating to:
primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
non-food uses of arable crops (for example, for biomass)
food security and nutrition challenges in international development
challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst will not fund equine-related proposals, or proposals relating to forestry or wild-capture fisheries. With two competitions per year, the Agri-Tech Catalyst will award grants for early-stage pre-industrial research feasibility studies, industrial research, and late-stage pre-experimental feasibility studies and experimental development.
Who can take part?
Subject to eligibility, any UK business or academic undertaking research and development may apply.
All projects must be collaborative. Developing country partners must be involved for applicants targeting international development.
These projects will explore the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea through feasibility studies.
These projects will aim to develop innovative solutions, eg through field trials, lab-based prototyping, product development planning and market testing.
These projects evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific application. This can be through pre-experimental feasibility studies or through experimental development including field-based prototyping and experimental production and testing.
Agri-Tech competition flyer