SPARK Awards are intended to help resource small confidence building measures between an SME and a research based partner. The aim is to encourage new collaborations which could lead to a longer-term relationship. Collaborations can comprise almost any defined piece of work by the research partner for the industrial partner, such as a student project, data analysis, technical consultancy, a feasibility study or literature review.
The grant value is £10,000 (+any applicable VAT), payable directly to the research partner (in arrears). The SME partner contribution to the project is normally expected to be at least equivalent in value to the £10,000 grant, as a cash and/or in-kind contribution.
Areas within scope for the Plants and Crops sector are:
- Increasing crop yield and quality;
- Improving sustainability and resilience to climate change;
- Crop protection strategies;
- Precision agriculture.
The scheme can be used to gather evidence for a bigger funding application, for instance, or do a feasibility study. It can be a good starting point in establishing a longer-term relationship and progressing to more substantial grants.
More details and application docs: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/ktn-spark-awards-2019
Experience has shown that these awards result in improved interaction, and new research and technology transfer projects.
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