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UK: DFID Funding For Agric-Tech Companies In Developing Countries 2017

The Department For International Development, UK funding is offering to increase the pace and scale of uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries. All projects must be collaborative and include both a UK and eligible developing country partner.

Application Deadlines: 

You must register before noon on:

  • 26 October 2016 for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category
  • 25 January 2017 for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards

You must apply before noon on:

  • 2 November 2016 for the expression of interest stage of the industrial research award category
  • 1 February 2017 for the full-stage registration deadline for the early and late-stage awards

To be taken at (country): UK and Developing Country

Eligible Fields: The following areas are priorities for DFID funding in Round 6:

  • integrating smallholders into supply chains
  • meeting quality standards and improving productivity
  • creating new supply chains
  • increasing the value of production to smallholders
  • improving access to appropriate innovation in developing countries
  • innovation that increases rural income through improved processing / storage
  • control of crop pests, weeds and diseases

In this competition we will not fund forestry, wild capture fisheries and equine-related proposals.

About the Award: Agricultural innovation in developing countries, particularly Africa, is low. For example, the share of cultivatable land planted with modern crop varieties in Africa is only 28%. This compares with 65% globally. Most of the poorest people in Africa (75%) live in rural areas. They rely on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline. Ideas must show the potential to improve the sustainable intensification of agriculture. The scope of the Catalyst includes:

  • primary crop and livestock production including aquaculture
  • non-food uses of crops including ornamentals
  • food security and nutrition challenges in international development
  • addressing challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production

Type: Entrepreneurship

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK-based business (or research-base partner for early-stage technical feasibility studies only)
  • be a business of any size
  • carry out your project with the aim of improving developing country agriculture
  • work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and/or third sector)
  • include at least one consortium member from an eligible developing country

Selection Criteria: Your project may focus on one of the following:

  • early-stage technical feasibility
  • industrial research
  • late-stage experimental development

This will depend on the challenge and maturity of the technology or the approach you take.

For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get up to:

  • 70% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro or small business
  • 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • 50% if you are a large business

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get up to:

  • 45% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro or small business
  • 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • 25% if you are a large business

Find out if your business fits the EU definition of an SME (see link below).

We expect projects to last up to:

  • 18 months for early-stage technical feasibility
  • 3 years for industrial research awards
  • 18 months for late-stage experimental development

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Programme: We expect projects to range in size depending on the award category. Total project costs could be:

  • £150,000 to £400,000 for early-stage technical feasibility studies
  • up to £1.5 million for industrial research
  • up to £800,000 for late-stage experimental development

How to Apply: To apply:

  • register online (see link below)
  • read the competition guidance (see link below)
  • watch the briefing webinar from 1 August 2016 (see link below)
  • attend the consortia building event for potential applicants in London on 14 September 2016 (see link below)
  • complete and upload your online application on our secure server

We will not accept late submissions. Your application is confidential.

As there are 3 streams to this competition, please make sure you read the correct guidance for applicants for the stream you want to apply into

Visit Programme Webpage for details

Award Provider: The Department For International Development, UK

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