The competition is aimed at micro, small and medium-sized food companies. It is also aimed at larger companies who collaborate with micro businesses or SMEs and/or academic partners to help these businesses improve their systems and processes to make them more cost-effective and deliver better products and services. Proposals should be business-led and clearly present the benefits to business.
A grant of up to £5,000 will be awarded to at least 10 successful applicants who can either match the grant themselves (or with an existing collaborator), or develop a new collaboration by affiliating with a partner identified by the FIN and who has agreed to match the grant in kind or in cash.
The grants are provided to support the rapid development of an innovative idea/business opportunity that is capable of demonstrating its practical feasibility in the food and drink sector. Primary production is in scope where it impacts on post farm gate activity e.g. in food processing, manufacturing, retail sectors. This competition is open to business collaborations to stimulate their development of new ideas that could provide solutions to industry-identified challenges in the food sector.
The competition, run on behalf of Defra by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), will support projects of three to six months.
You can find out more and apply here.
If you have any queries about the technical scope of the competition or the application process, please contact the Food Innovation Network on 07931 511641 or contact Simon Baty: email [email protected].