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Further funding available to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience


The Research Starter competition will open on 30th January 2023 and closes 8th March 2023.


At the end of this month, farmers, growers and foresters in England will be able to apply for a share of £850,000 to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience.


Research Starter projects are small research and development projects.  They are designed to be an entry point to the innovation process for farmers, growers or foresters who have great early-stage ideas to solve major problems that impact their businesses.


As with all competitions within the Farming Innovation Programme, your proposal must be able to demonstrate how your project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England. 


Your project should address a significant industry challenge or opportunity in at least one of the four industry subsectors:


  • livestock

  • plants

  • novel food production systems

  • bioeconomy and agroforestry


Your proposal should also investigate new solutions to challenges identified by industry, or opportunities for farmers, growers or foresters that have the potential to significantly improve: 


  • productivity

  • sustainability and environmental impact

  • progression towards net zero emissions

  • resilience


Your project must focus on developing on-farm or immediate post farmgate solutions and technologies.


For more information or help with your application contact:

Kathryn Williams – 07971 583 638

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