Agri-food supply chain


The Technology Strategy Board, along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)Invest Northern Ireland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Welsh Government, are to invest jointly up to £2.3m to establish Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to improve the competitiveness, resilience and responsiveness of the agri-food supply chain.

The aim of this initiative is to give businesses access to the UK knowledge base so that they can develop innovative solutions to global challenges facing the agri-food sector. We are looking to support up to 25 KTPs through this competition.

Its scope spans primary production, including aquaculture, through to retail. This competition will provide new opportunities for open innovation and knowledge exchange across supply chains and sectors. It will help companies to mitigate commercial risk and improve business performance – and to achieve growth as a result.

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.

A KTP involves a partnership between a business, an academic institution (or knowledge base partner) and a recently qualified person, known as the associate.

We will fund part of the cost of running the KTP, with the level of that grant dependent upon the size of the company. The grant is paid through the academic partner. The competition opens for applications on 19 June 2014 and is open on a rolling basis for applications until 11 February 2015.

Further info:

KTP: Synthetic environments, modelling and simulation in Rail

£1million for up to 12 KTPs – Synthetic environments, modelling and simulation in Rail

Accelerating Innovation in Rail


KTP call open now, closing October 2nd.

Briefing webinar for businesses on 25th April – register here.

Why KTP?

Business that get involved with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships repeatedly report a growth in new business and revenue that would not have been possible before, along with other benefits such as valuable new contacts and competitive advantage via new in-house knowledge.  Often the KTP academic partner becomes an integral member of the business, providing long-term skills and expertise.

More about this KTP call

Full info available on the Technology Strategy Board website here.

Basically, the TSB and RSSB are seeking to support businesses that are looking to apply innovative capabilities in modelling and simulation to any product or service relevant to the rail industry.

With a KTP, you get access to expert research and support, at a fraction of what it would cost you to do it yourself.

Give it a try!

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TSB: Multi-million competition on enhancing agri-food production systems through engineering solutions

The Technology Strategy Board is planning to launch a multi-million competition, which will fund business-led, collaborative R&D projects in the general area of  ‘engineering solutions for agrifood production systems, from primary production to the food processing and manufacturing environment’.

This new competition should open sometime in the period August-October 2013, and up to £13m government funding could potentially be available.


The competition will include all facets of engineering science, and engagement of agri-food organisations with sectors such as Space, ICT and Electronics, Sensors and Photonics (which may not have fully recognised opportunities to apply technologies across the agri-food supply chain) is particularly encouraged.

Consortia Building Workshops

Two consortia-building workshops are being organised to help you apply for the competition. These workshops will enable businesses and research-base partners to;

  • better understand the competition scope
  • identify potential project partners

Find out more and register:

Tuesday 23rd July,Peterborough

Tuesday 30th July, Edinburgh

Alternatively, contact Research and Income Generation Support at Research and Enterprise.

These workshops are free but places are limited, so register soon to avoid disappointment!

ESRC Funding: Evaluating the Business Impact of Social Science: A Study of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the Private Sector

CoinsThe Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has issued an invitation for tenders for an evaluation of the business impact of social science: a study of knowledge transfer partnerships in the private sector.

The small scale study will evaluate the contributions that social science has made to business through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme, and will provide examples of private sector impact and specific benefits that social science can offer to business.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme is UK-wide and is managed by the Technology Strategy Board and supported by 12 other funding organisations including the ESRC.

The aims of the evaluation are as follows:

  • Assess the range and nature of social science impacts on the private sector as identified in KTP reports, and highlight examples of good practice
  • Explore the extent to which Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have facilitated further private sector engagement with social science
  • Identify any further collaboration and impacts that have occurred since the completion of the KTP
  • Identify and analyse the determinants of the impacts identified (ie why and how impact has been generated)
  • Develop an understanding of the private sector’s appreciation and need for social science
  • Identify good practice and lessons for enhancing the contribution that social scientists can make to the private sector
  • Inform the ESRC’s business engagement activities with a view to maximising future impacts.

Further details and a copy of the full specification are available from the UK Shared Business Services Ltd. Please contact:

The deadline for submission of bids is 11.00 on 10 July 2013.

RAEng Enterprise Fellowships – Call for Applications Announced

Royal Academy of Engineering logoThe Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Fellowship scheme is now open for applications.

Enterprise Fellowships provide funding and support to entrepreneurial engineering researchers, working at a UK University, to enable them to develop the commercial potential of their research. The aim of Enterprise Fellowships is to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to commercialise technology based business ideas from academic institutions into spin out companies. Enterprise Fellowships provide up to £85,000 seed funding and salary support for 12 months. In addition to the funding, training is provided to give each Enterprise Fellow the tools, contacts and confidence to transform their idea into a successful business project or venture. Business mentors (drawn mainly from The Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship) are allocated to each Enterprise Fellow to provide additional support and advice for the duration of the Enterprise Fellowship as well as access to business angels and venture capital networks. Details on our current Enterprise Fellows can be found here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 9 September 2013. For further information on how to apply, please see the website or contact Research and Income Generation Support at Research & Enterprise.

by Katie Melton