BBSRC Agri-Tech Catalyst
Purpose: To help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability.
The Department for International Development is contributing £10M to the Catalyst, to support the transfer of technology and new products to developing countries.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst aims to support businesses and academia in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector, and 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.