A new call for targeted Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) has been announced and it has an agri-food theme.
Below I have extracted the main points from the KTP agri-food call:
- Funders are: The Technology Strategy Board (TSB), along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Invest Northern Ireland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Welsh Government
- Total amount allocated to this call is £2.3m
- The reason behind this call is to improve the competitiveness, resilience and responsiveness of the agri-food supply chain – from primary production, including aquaculture, through to retail
- The Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will also consider co-funding KTPs on an individual basis
- Proposals are expected to address at least one of the following challenges; 1) innovating to benefit consumer health, wellbeing and choice, 2) improving productivity, resource efficiency and resilience in the supply chain and 3) assuring safety and security across the supply chain
- KTP that can yield benefits across more than one of the above challenges are encouraged
- The TSB expect most KTP supported through this call will last up to 2 years
- The TSB have outlined examples of what these targeted KTPs might look like; improved resource efficiency and/or waste minimisation, improving nutritional quality through better products or ingredients and packaging and logistics supply chain. Further examples can be found here
This call closes on 11th February 2015.
If you have any comments or perhaps know of a company who might be interested in this call, please do let me know. Rachel Clarke, KTP Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 961347.