Collaborative research:

Agri-Tech Catalyst

Helping to commercialise UK agricultural innovation.

Round 3 Expressions of interest (EoI) call status: Open
Industrial research EoI deadline: 8 October 2014
Early and Late stage EoI deadline: 7 January 2015
Industrial research full call deadline: 7 January 2015


Agricultural science and technology is one of the world's fastest-growing and exciting markets driven by global challenges:

The Agri-Tech Catalyst has been set up by Innovate UK, DFID and BBSRC with £70M investment to help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability

Results of Round 1

Round 1 almost £15M of funding has been awarded to support successful early-stage feasibility, industrial research and late-stage projects, further details can be found here:

Agri-Tech Catalyst Early Stage Feasibility Award - Round 1 (PDF 194KB)

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Agri-Tech Catalyst - Industrial Research - Round 1 (PDF 229KB)

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Agri-Tech Catalyst - Late stage award - Round 1 (PDF 159KB)

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Round 2 has received more than 120 applications so we await news on the awards.

Scientific objectives

The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports businesses and academia in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will fund proposals relating to:

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will not fund equine-related proposals, or proposals relating to forestry or wild-capture fisheries.

With two competitions per year, the Agri-Tech Catalyst will award grants for early-stage pre-industrial research feasibility studies, industrial research, and late-stage pre-experimental feasibility studies and experimental development.

Agri-Tech Catalyst flyer (PDF 989KB)

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Early-stage awards

These projects will explore the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea through feasibility studies.

Agri-Tech Catalyst – Early-stage awards – round 3.

Industrial research awards

These projects will aim to develop innovative solutions, e.g. through field trials, lab-based prototyping, product development planning and market testing.

Agri-Tech Catalyst – Industrial research awards – round 3

Late-stage awards

These projects evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific application. This can be through pre-experimental feasibility studies or through experimental production and testing.

Pre-experimental feasibility studies

Experimental development

Innovate UK: Agri-Tech Catalyst – Late-stage awards – round 3 

How to apply

Visit the Innovate UK: Innovation: apply for a funding award page for definitions of the research categories and intervention rates for business partners.


The Agri-Tech Catalyst is a multi-year programme with rounds opening approximately every 6 months.

To enter the Agri-Tech Catalyst competition, the lead partner for your project must register via the competition website at If you require further information or have a query regarding this competition, please contact the Business Support Group Helpdesk on: E-mail: Tel: 0300 321 4357

Subject to eligibility, any UK business or academic undertaking research and development may apply.

All projects must be collaborative. Developing country partners must be involved for applicants targeting international development.

See also: More about the application process (PDF 421KB).