Applications Open for Agri-tech Catalyst Round 8


Deadline: 29 May 2019

Applications are open for Agri-tech Catalyst round 8: agriculture and food systems innovation to increase the pace of development of agricultural and food systems innovation and its uptake by farmers and food systems actors in Africa.

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UK businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from DFID for projects with partners in eligible African countries.

Themes

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  • integrating smallholders into global and local supply chains
  • increasing the value of production to smallholders
  • control of crop pests, weeds and diseases
  • meeting quality standards and improving productivity
  • reducing food losses ‘post-farm gate’ and through the value chain
  • addressing food safety issues through the value chain
  • new food technologies and data-driven food systems, including for urban areas
  • addressing challenges in downstream food processing, distribution or storage and value addition
  • innovation that supports food systems to deliver nutritious, healthy and safe food

Funding Information

  • Early stage feasibility studies: £100,000 to £500,000.
  • Mid stage industrial research: £250,000 to £1 million.
  • Late stage experimental development: £150,000 to £800,000.

Eligibility Criteria

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All projects must:

  • be collaborative
  • include a partner from an eligible African country from the list below
  • include a technical lead from any country
  • include a UK-based administrative lead
  • implement significant activity in the eligible African country
  • include at least one business

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo, Democratic Republic of, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom

For more information, please visit https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/334/overview#summary

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  • Avatar Lawrence says:

    I am from a research institution in Africa (Uganda). How do I get partners for collaboration to carryout a research project under this call.

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Lawrence,

      For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

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