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Transforming Food Production (TFP) - Competition scope briefing - Future Food Production Systems - Andrew McLay, Innovate UK


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The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity.

Transforming Food Production is recognised as a key driver of Clean Growth under the Industrial Strategy.

The £90 million Transforming Food Production programme aims to integrate current world-class UK capabilities (digital technologies, artificial intelligence, engineering, biological, environmental and social sciences) into precision approaches both within new novel production systems and traditional agricultural systems to target net zero emissions.

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Transforming Food Production (TFP) - Competition scope briefing - Future Food Production Systems - Andrew McLay, Innovate UK

  1. 1. UK Research and Innovation Future Food Production Systems Andrew McLay Innovation Lead Transforming Food Production
  2. 2. UK Research and Innovation Future Food Production Systems (FFPS) 1. Objectives 2. Scope. 3. Essence 4. What we are looking for… 5. What projects should look like… 6. Assessment process 7. Timeline 8. Summary 9. Help
  3. 3. UK Research and Innovation FFPS - Objectives 1. Create integrated data-driven solutions to drive primary agricultural productivity whilst driving towards net zero emissions 2. Embed adoption of precision approaches to bridge the productivity gap, strengthening connections between researchers, businesses and practitioners 3. Stimulate the establishment of novel high value production systems to position UK technologies at the forefront of new industries. 4. Drive growth in UK precision technology companies, creating high value jobs and adding value in the UK agricultural value chain. 5. Develop export opportunities and increase investment into UK research and innovation.
  4. 4. UK Research and Innovation FFPS – In and Out of Scope In scope… A broad church of technologies… • indoor growing systems • aquaculture, including deep water algal culture • new food sources, including: insects fermentation based systems • others Out of scope. Mainly non-food production systems… • equine • amenity horticulture • wild caught fisheries
  5. 5. UK Research and Innovation FFPS – Essence… • Industrial Research • Experimental Development • developing new, resource efficient, low emission food production systems • addressing bottlenecks preventing existing state-of-the-art supplying mainstream • contribute to achieving net zero emissions • nutrient dense foods for mainstream consumers • deliver other benefits to society, • applying a systems approach • contribute to TFP objectives, especially objectives 1 and 3
  6. 6. UK Research and Innovation large scale, ambitious, integrated and data-driven solutions FFPS – What are we looking for… multidisciplinary projects with diverse collaborations
  7. 7. UK Research and Innovation FFPS – What should projects look like … B L T C S Business led Large £1 million to £10 million Transforming Collaborative Short 24 – 33 months
  8. 8. UK Research and Innovation FFPS – Assessment – two stages… Stage 1: Application… 1. Transforming food production 2. Approach and innovation 3. Team and resources 4. Market awareness 5. Competitors 6. Outcomes and route to market 7. Outputs and impacts 8. Project management 9. Risks 10. Added value 11. Costs and value for money Stage 2: Interview… • Presentation – 15 mins / 15 slides • Q&A – 30 mins
  9. 9. UK Research and Innovation FFPS - Timeline 16 Sep – Competition opens 03 Oct – Update London 08 Oct – Briefing Edinburgh 23 Oct – Briefing Birmingham Late Nov – Collaboration event 28 Feb – Invitation to interview 16 Mar – Interview 28 Mar - Notification 22 Jan – Competition closes Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan 20 Feb Mar Apr
  10. 10. UK Research and Innovation Competition 16 Sep 2019 22 Jan 2020 FFPS – Key facts… Industrial Research Experimental Development £20million T Project Size £1-10 Million 24 - 33 months Business led Start / End 01 Jul 2020 31 Mar 2023
  11. 11. UK Research and Innovation Customer Support Services Phone Call 0300 321 4357 to speak to an adviser (9:00am to 5:30pm, 5 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers. Email Send your question or query to and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. FFPS – Help
  12. 12. UK Research and Innovation Thank you