Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 7: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation

Funding opportunity:

Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 7: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation



Funder and programme:

Department for International Development (DFID) – Agri-Tech Catalyst

Project total costs (range):

£ 100,000 – £ 500,000 (Early-stage feasibility studies)

£ 250,000 – £ 1,000,000 (Mid-stage industrial research)

£ 150,000 – £ 800,000 (Late-stage experimental development)



Registration closes:

21/11/2018 (12:00 noon)

Competition closes:

28/11/2018 (12:00 noon)

There is up to £3 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) for early-stage feasibility studies, mid-stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries.

The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of development and scale of uptake of agricultural and food systems innovation by farmers and food systems actors (such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors or wholesalers) in Africa.

All projects must be collaborative and must include at least one partner from the UK and one from an eligible African country. All funding for businesses and research organisations will be sent through the administrative lead organisation.

Duration of early-stage feasibility studies: 12 to 18 months; Mid-stage industrial research: up to 3 years; Late-stage experimental development: up to 18 months. Projects must start by 1 April 2019.

MSC R&D can help your business develop by supporting you in:
• Identification of appropriate grants and competition calls for proposals
• Partner search for collaborative Research & Innovation
• Bid writing
• Project management
• Audit compliance
• Commercialisation
• Business Planning
• Market Intelligence reports

If you want help with any of these opportunities, please CONTACT us on 0114 230 8401 or email