UK: Government launches £5M funding competition for sustainable farming projects

Projects should focus on solutions that support environmental sustainability, progression towards net zero, and farming resilience.

The government has announced the launching of a new £5m round of grant funding to support farmers undertaking projects to increase sustainable food production, drive progress towards net zero emissions, improve farm resilience, and support nature recovery.

The new Farming Innovation Investor Partnership Competition will open later this month and seeks to accelerate agricultural research and development by blending grant funding with private investment, the government said. The competition is being funded by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) in partnership with UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Innovate UK.

Defra said the funding will specifically seek to support pioneering projects across the agricultural sector, which have demonstrated the potential to commercialize on-farm technologies that can then be rolled out across the wider industry.


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