IUK Announces UK-Canada Agricultural Sustainability Competition

The UK and Canada are running a joint funding competition to support collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects to develop new products, processes and services that target improvement to the productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.

Through the competition, IUK wants applicants to deliver integrated precision approaches and data driven solutions to support the transition to a net zero-emission industry by 2040.

IUK welcomes proposals:

combining digital technologies, artificial intelligence, the application of big data and engineering solutions with biological, environmental and/or social science to drive productivity;

developing technologies and solutions that connect farms and supply chains; and

transferring technology from another sector into agriculture, providing this requires innovation.

Up to £2 million has been allocated to fund UK business involvement in innovation projects in this competition. The combined total funding sought (grant available) for all UK partners can be a maximum of £400,000 per application.

This is a collaborative call for projects undertaken by consortiums containing at least one UK registered business (of any size) and one registered Canadian SME (500 or fewer employees). Organisations cannot work alone. For the overall project, a UK or Canadian organisation can be the lead.

Applications will be invited from 27 January 2020 until midday on 20 May 2020.

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