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Farming Innovation Programme - Research Starter Round 4

Funding Available: £28,000 to £56,000

Opens December 2023

Who is eligible to apply: Farmers, growers and foresters

Opening date: 01.12.2023 End date: 01.02.2024

Grant Information

This grant is provided by the Farming Innovation Programme from Innovate UK. 


Farming, growing or forestry businesses based in England can apply for a share of £850,000 for projects to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience in the agricultural sector.

Who is this event for?

Farmers, growers, and foresters who have a bold, ambitious, early stage idea to increase productivity and environmental sustainability in agriculture or horticulture.

What is the funding for?

  • Projects 6 – 18 months in length
  • Total project costs between £28,000 – £56,000
  • Farmers and growers to develop ambitious early-stage ideas and build a collaborative team
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