Businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to support ambitious projects developing new and more efficient ways to produce the UK’s food
World demand for food is expected to grow by 60 per cent to feed a rising and more prosperous global population.
Food producers need to supply what we eat in a more sustainable and efficient way, reducing pollution, minimising waste and improving soil conditions.
The UK is a global leader in the technologies that will help to achieve this, including in environmental management, earth observation, sensors, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics.
The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Food Production Challenge has up to £20 million from the fund to invest in large-scale and ambitious projects that help UK food production break out of a traditional land-based model and move towards a sustainable position of net-zero emissions.
Areas of work could include new food sources
The competition is seeking projects either developing new and efficient low-emission food production systems or addressing technological and other bottlenecks holding back state-of-the art systems from supplying consumers.
Areas of work could include indoor growing systems, aquaculture, and new food sources such as insects and fermentation-based systems.
Projects must show how they will:
significantly contribute to achieving net-zero emissions across one or more food products
provide nutrient-dense foods that are accessible to mainstream consumers
deliver other relevant benefits to society, such as reduced resource consumption and waste or improved animal welfare
apply a systems approach as opposed to working on a single technology
the competition is open and the deadline for applications is at midday on 22 January 2020
businesses of any size may apply
projects could range in size between £1 million and £10 million
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