Research and Innovation Grants
We are making up to £5 million available to support research, development and business innovation in the Kent and Medway region.
Large-scale Collaborative R&D Grants
Applications for the first round of our large-scale, collaborative R&D grant funding competition closed on 20 October 2021. Applicants will be notified 17 December 2021. A further round of this funding competition will open in the summer of 2021 (exact timing to be confirmed).
Priority innovation themes for our large-scale collaborative grant funding include;
- Minimising waste and maximising recycling
- Improving resource use efficiency and sustainability
- Increasing productivity
- Resilient food production, such as supply chain resilience and nutritional security
- Precision technologies, including sensor technologies, AI or robotics
- Solving the challenge of access to labour.
Other Funding Opportunities
Further funding competitions will support early-stage R&D, feasibility studies and AgriFood Technology demonstrations. Details of these funding rounds, including guidance for applicants, will be announced in the coming months.
If you’d like to hear when our future funding becomes available, please register your interest here.
Meet the Research Organisations
With cutting-edge facilities and leading researchers, our partners can help your business grow. Please get in touch with any of our regional research organisations if you’d like to explore how they can support your innovation.
Specialists in molecular genetics, genomics, pest and disease biology and management, crop and post-harvest physiology, agronomy and environmental science.
The GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture is a new state-of-the-art glasshouse and propagation unit. Features include; plant growth rooms with controlled environment and a Wine Innovation Centre.
Contact Prof. Xiangming Xu
University of Kent, Biotechnology Hub for Sustainable Food and Drink
Run by Kent’s School of Biosciences. Applies high-tech approaches to production and processing of high-value foods and plant-based compounds from plant material and waste, pathogen identification and control, and maintenance of healthy soil.
Contact Dr Alessia Buscaino
University of Greenwich: Natural Resources Institute
Canterbury Christ Church University
Life science expertise around sustainable agriculture including the circular economy, soil science and biodiversity.
Contact Abbie kempe
Find a Partner
The aim of the group is to facilitate networking between businesses, technologists and research organisations. Participants will be able to engage with others who are interested in collaborating on R&D and innovation projects. You will be able to share your areas of expertise, interests and ideas on the group to help you build new R&D partnerships.