CHAP Bid Masterclass on Soil Health – 12th February 2019
The focus for this masterclass aimed at SMEs will be on the Cranfield-based soil health facilities, where soil conditions can be pre-defined at pilot scale and soil-root interactions can be monitored. This facility has benefitted from £13 million of investment from two of the Agritech Centres (Agri-EPI and CHAP), who are supported by Innovate UK. The workshop will cover the basics of how to apply to Innovate UK; how to maximise your opportunity of success; CHAP funding models; consortia requirements; an overview of current and future opportunities and an update on current expectation of funding calls. There will also be plenty of time for private 1-1 meetings with key CHAP, Cranfield and KTN staff to discuss individual project ideas.
As you know the government announced £90 million of new funding in 2018 to help businesses, researchers and industry to transform food production, as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The first round of Collaborative R&D occurred last year and CHAP successfully held a Bid Development Masterclass on Novel Systems which led to numerous new collaborations and funded projects.
There remains £70m of unallocated funding at this point and expectation of imminent funding calls to identify projects which improve productivity and sustainability by developing enhanced decision support, precision agriculture technology solutions and systems for crop and ruminant agriculture.
Zeina Chapman, Director of Liberty Produce who participated in the event last year; “I would highly recommend attending one of the KTN-CHAP Bid Development Masterclasses. Not only did we receive clear and transparent guidance on the preparation of our application, but the masterclass presented us with the opportunity to discuss relevant project ideas and actually meet and network with prospective collaborators, some of whom went on to become our partners in our successful proposal.”
Cranfield is home to a range of plant growth facilities for experimental work involving plant physiology, plant phenotyping, plant-microbe interactions, and plant-soil interactions. The facilities include a novel platform for assessing pilot scale crop-soil systems and sensor development, and they integrate with our Soil Management Facility, Postharvest facilities and with the CHAP and AgriEPI AgriTech Centres for Agricultural Innovation. Uniquely they allow for testing within crop rotational context.
SMEs can benefit from these unique facilities within a project with CHAP as either RTO, collaborator or subcontractor, so you can make the most of this and future Innovate UK funding opportunities.
So, if you are new to the Innovate grant/bid application process and want to learn more or perhaps brush up on your skills, or just see what is on offer from CHAP, then come and join us and see the potential within CHAP as a partner. Places are limited – maximum of 2 people per company.
Places are limited so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 6th February and indicate any specific dietary requirements.