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Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are investing up to £8 million (£4 million each) in projects that use cutting-edge technologies to solve agricultural challenges in China.

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and China. Innovate UK, BBSRC and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) are funding this competition as part of the Newton Fund.

Projects should address challenges related to agricultural technologies in one or more of these 3 sectors:

  1. Precision agriculture, agriculture digitisation and decision management tools.
  2. Improving the efficiency of sustainable agricultural production
  3. Agricultural products processing

Projects are expected to range in size from total projects costs of £1 million to £2 million. The total project grant must not exceed £1 million per project in the UK. Projects should last up to 3 years.

For a project to be eligible for this competition, it will need to include one UK business and one UK higher education institute or research council institute eligible for BBSRC funding. Applicants will also need to partner with one Chinese business and one academic institution. Either a business or a research organisation can lead the project in the UK.

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Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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