Key features: The Technology Strategy Board, together with the BBSRC and Scottish Enterprise, is to invest up to £8.5m to stimulate innovation in the food and drink sector.
Programme: Feasibility studies
Award: Up to £8.5m
Opens: 20 May 2013
Registration closes: 26 Jun 2013
Closes: 03 Jul 2013
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Nutrition for life - providing safe and healthy foods - Feasibility study
Healthy, nutritious and safe foods
Global food security
Integrating technologies to assist nutrient absorption
- integrating molecular technologies (such as metabolomics, proteomics or genomics) into new or existing systems, processes or approaches, to enable efficient delivery and uptake of nutrients
- developing linkages between genetics and diet, and so providing nutritional choices which improve the population's overall health and wellbeing, for example through food which is formulated to meet specific characteristics or deficiencies in sub-groups of the population (such as older people, people who are obese, or people with suppressed immunity)
- developing technologies that provide evidence of the mechanisms associated with the perception of food, eg taste, smell and sense of texture.
Nutrient regulation and delivery
- developing novel formulations and delivery of nutrients (including through non-oral routes, such as micro-nutrient absorption through the skin)
- developing technologies that identify nutrient deficiencies.
Novel and healthier foods
- enabling the screening, identification, characterisation or production of new functional or healthier food, drink or ingredients
- improving food formulation and reformulation, in particular to reduce salt, fat and sugar.
Safety, authenticity and traceability
- identification of the presence or levels of pathogens, contaminants or allergens
- implementing processing methods throughout the food chain to improve quality assurance, so reducing adverse effects or health risks to the consumer
- enabling quick and reliable determination of products or ingredients, country of origin, method of production, or the presence of adulterants or substituted or undeclared ingredients
- enabling efficient and robust tracking and monitoring of food, feed, food- producing animals or substances, intended for consumption.
Production and processing of food or nutrients
- enabling the characterisation, retention, or improvement of nutritional content throughout the manufacturing process, for example to maximise the nutritional value of raw materials during food processing and hence that of the finished product
- developing enabling technologies to convert by-products or waste from food production processes into valuable materials
- developing smart/recyclable maintenance/ storage, for example packaging that maintains or maximises nutritional value throughout a product's shelf-life
- developing portable, modular, standardised, flexible and reliable food processing systems
developing novel food production processes or making novel use of existing processes to produce food.
Funding allocation and project details
Strand 1, a single-stage feasibility studies competition:
Strand 2, a two-stage collaborative R&D competition:
This competition opens for applications on 20 May 2013.
All applicants must first register via our website, and the deadline for registration is noon on 26 June 2013.
The deadline for completed feasibility study applications and expressions of interest for collaborative R&D projects is noon on 3 July 2013.
A briefing event will be held in London on 21 May 2013 highlighting the main features of the competition and explaining the application process. Applicants are strongly recommended to attend this event.
- Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Competition opens: 20 May 2013
- Briefing event: 21 May 2013
- Registration deadline: Noon, 26 June 2013
- Deadline for receipt of applications: Noon, 3 July 2013
- Applicants informed of results: 9 August 2013
- Deadline for expressions of interest: Noon, 3 July 2013
- Applicants informed of stage one results: 29 July 2013
- Stage two opens for invited applicants: 29 July 2013
- Deadline for stage two applications: Noon, 28 August 2013
Stage two applicants informed of results: 4 October 2013