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One Health Campaign: Transforming Food Production – Science & Technology into Practice

Innovating and collaborating to transform our food system

Applications now closed

The agricultural industry is seeing a huge technological shift. Big data, drones, sensors and farm management software, micro farms and smart packaging technologies are transforming farming practices, improving productivity and sustainability.

There is however often a disconnect between those developing new solutions and end users such as farmers, agronomists, vets and the wider supply chain.

In order to start addressing this, SETsquared’s Scale-Up Programme will invest £100k+ into R&D project proposal development for bids to the Transforming Food Production Science and Technology into Practice programme from Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

In line with the guidance for this funding stream, proposals must seek to develop precision, data-driven solutions and systems that make a significant step towards net zero emissions and improved resource use efficiency for food production, while also improving productivity of the sector. The bids must focus on combinations of technologies to improve production systems rather than the demonstration of individual technologies.

We therefore invite companies across the whole food supply chain (especially UK Scale-Ups), researchers (from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) and consortia (comprised of companies & researchers) to apply for support to help develop R&D proposals from across one or more agricultural sectors including but not limited to:

  • arable, such as cereals, field-scale vegetables or potatoes
  • dairy
  • ruminants, such as beef, lamb, goat
  • monogastrics, such as pork, poultry and eggs
  • horticulture, including berries, apples, lettuce and tomatoes but not ornamentals
  • aquaculture

Our six scale-up partner universities have extensive expertise and capabilities, so there are huge opportunities to work with them. View a summary of their research capabilities

Funding will only be allocated to proposals which seek to include an academic partner from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. If you do not have a partnership in place already, we can help identify suitable partners.

Each funding award can be used for bid writing, consortia partnership development and project management. Read our guide on how the funds can be used

One Health: Transforming Food Production

Application for R&D proposal development

Applications are now closed


Have a look at the guidance in the Project Summary section and if you have any queries prior to application, please get in touch with us on [email protected]

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between:

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton logo
  • University of Surrey