The objective of pre-industrial feasibility studies is to explore the commercial potential of an early-stage innovative idea. All projects must be based on prior underpinning research evidence. Examples of project work in this early-stage award category may include, but are not limited to:
Applicants wishing to evaluate or trial the commercial potential of their technologies in a field testing or real-life environment should apply for a late-stage award.
Eligibility: This round is for Early Stage Technical Feasibility. Early-stage projects may be led by businesses (any size) or research organizations; working collaboratively. Collaboration may be B2B or B2RO but not RO2RO
Funding available: Total project costs can be between £150k- £500k for early-stage awards. SMEs may receive 55% funding and large companies 45% funding of total eligible costs. Total research base partner costs must not exceed 50% of total project costs. Where .there is an international element to the project partners from specific developing countries are also eligible for funding
Duration: Projects may run for upto 18 months
Opening: These awards follow a single-stage application process. Opened on 8th January 2015
Application deadline: Applicants must first register via the Innovate UK website by noon 17 June 2015. The deadline for applications is noon 24 June 2015
Timeline: Applicants will be notified if successful on the 14th August by email and conditional letters sent out in September.
Details: Early-stage awards will fund projects that explore and evaluate the technical potential of an early-stage innovative idea or research concept through technical feasibility studies. The project will aim to establish if a pre-industrial concept is ready for further technology development and evaluate the commercial potential.
Projects may last upto 18 months
Scope: The Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline that demonstrate the potential to advance sustainable intensification of agriculture and deliver economic impact for the UK Agri-Tech industry by tackling domestic or international challenges. The scope of the Catalyst includes:
Applications from the aquaculture and livestock sectors are particularly encouraged, as are crop sector projects targeting weed control and on-farm storage and management.
The following are examples of project subjects within scope:
all aspects of arable and horticultural food production including plant genetics and breeding, crop establishment; agronomy, precision farming, soil and land management practices; tackling weeds, pests and diseases; crop harvesting and storage; sustainability of production methods; non-food uses of crops (for example, for biomass or high-value products); developing sustainable solutions to increase the productivity of the UK and global livestock sector (including aquaculture) while reducing the industry's adverse impacts on the environment, reducing waste and limiting human health issues; livestock genetics
and breeding, health and disease, nutrition, welfare and husbandry.
In all projects, multi-disciplinary collaborations involving engineering, IT or any other relevant disciplines and approaches are encouraged.
Conditions: There are a limited number of areas where the Agri-Tech Catalyst will not fund projects currently, we are happy to advise on scope and general eligibility.
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