Agri-Tech Catalyst Funding Consortia Building Workshop
Monday 17th February 2014, 09.30-16.00
Invest NI, Belfast
The Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (BKTN) are organising four free consortia-building workshops to promote the new £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst funding scheme, which has been launched to help businesses and researchers develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology (‘agri-tech') sector.
The events will be held in the following locations:
- Edinburgh - 27th January 2014
- Cardiff - 11th February 2014
- Peterborough - 14th February 2014
- Belfast - 17th February 2014
The aim of these workshops is to enable potential applicants to get a better understanding of the competition process, rules and scope. The workshops are also designed to help with consortia building, and offer a great opportunity for delegates to pitch their capabilities to potential collaborative partners. There will also be several dedicated networking opportunities throughout the day and the TSB and KTN staff will be present to address any queries related to the competition.
About the Agri-Tech Catalyst
With £70m of government funding, the Agri-Tech Catalyst, which has been set up by the Technology Strategy Board and the BBSRC, will help to commercialise UK agricultural innovation.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to benefit the UK agri-tech industry, by tackling domestic or international challenges in agriculture.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst will help to take innovations all the way from concept to commercialisation, awarding grants for early-stage pre-industrial research feasibility studies, industrial research, and late-stage pre-experimental and experimental feasibility studies. Any UK business or academic researcher can apply.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst will fund proposals relating to:
- primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
- non-food uses of arable crops (for example, for biomass)
- food security and nutrition challenges in international development
- challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.
Who should attend?
The workshops aim to attract people from two communities:
- Providers of technology
- Those involved in primary agricultural production (both in commercial companies and research organisations), who could develop and/or be the “end users” of these technologies.
This webpage will be used to register for the consortia-building workshop in Belfast on 17th February.
Note: If you are interested in attending one of the other events, please see below:
The event will feature introductory presentations covering:
- Scope of competition and rules (TSB)
- What makes a good collaborative R&D project, and how the KTNs can help you? (KTNs)
- Delegate pitch presentations outlining expertise and opportunities for collaboration.
There will also be several dedicated networking sessions, and KTN and TSB staff will be present to address any queries related to the competition.
A new round of funding is now open, for more details please visit the following links:
Terms and Conditions All best endeavours will be made to undertake the event as shown above. However, the event organisers reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any of the arrangements, timetable or plans relating directly or indirectly to the event. The event organisers are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alterations.
Places at this event are limited, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The organisers reserve the right to limit the number of registrations per organisation.