Agri-tech Cornwall supports Cornish-based SMEs to improve efficiency, profitability and resilience in the agricultural sector. The £10m scheme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with match funding by Cornwall Council.

The project is led by the Duchy College Rural Business School in partnership with the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Rothamsted Research, and the Cornwall Development Company. Applicants can be from any sector providing the research supports growth, productivity or market development in ‘Agri-tech’ – the sector providing innovative goods and services for the agriculture, horticulture and food sectors.

Funding is available to support four research strands –

  • Animal health and welfare in dairy cattle.
  • Maximising soil, water and nutrient use efficiency for sustainable crop and livestock production.
  • Improving the productivity of speciality crop production.
  • Utilising technology to drive Agri-tech productivity and innovation.

There are three funding strands –

  • A Collaborative Research Fund for larger RDI projects of £50,000 to £250,000.
  • A Voucher scheme for projects from £2,250 to £50,000 providing funding towards consultancy costs, feasibility studies, or to commission specialist researchers.
  • A Graduate Placement programme to help deliver an agreed RDI project. In addition to supporting the specification of the research and the recruitment of the graduate, Agri-tech Cornwall can introduce a salary subsidy of £1,500 to £2,250.

Agri-tech Cornwall will also create a ‘Future Farm’ based at Duchy College’s Stoke Climsland campus to enable research and development, and measure different factors and technologies for a healthy, productive and profitable dairy farm.

For further details contact 0845-4587485, email info@agritechcornwall.co.uk or visit www.agritechcornwall.co.uk .

 
 
 
 
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