Collaborative research:

Agri-Tech Catalyst

Helping to commercialise UK agricultural innovation.

Round 4 Expressions of interest (EoI) call status: Open
Workshop: 24 February 2015

Registration deadlines
Industrial research EoI deadline: 1 April 2014
Early and Late stage EoI deadline: 17 June 2015

Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline


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

Previous results

Round 1 and Round 2 awarded funding of almost £30M to support 52 successful projects across early-stage feasibility, industrial research and late-stage streams. See downloads for further details.

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 4.

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 awards – round 4

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 4 


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Agri-Food team are organising a free consortia-building workshop on 24 February 2015 in Birmingham to promote Round 4 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst.

The aim of this workshop is to enable potential applicants to get a better understanding of the competition process, rules and scope. The workshop is also designed to help with networking and consortia building, and offers a great opportunity for delegates to pitch their capabilities to potential collaborative partners.

Representatives from Innovate UK, BBSRC and KTN staff will be present to address any queries related to the competition. To register please visit:

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).