THE UNITED KINGDOM, Swindon. UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK announced a £16m (over €18m) funding strategy to drive domestic novel and low-emission food production systems.
In a recent press release, the agency announced the joint investment with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of their new strategic partnership in November. The agency claims that the competition would support the development of novel food production systems that create new sources of resource-efficient, low-emission foods, particularly proteins, to deliver healthy and sustainable diets.
UK businesses are encouraged to submit proposals if they are centred around specific priority areas, for example, novel plant-based products or production systems, cellular food production, or novel aquaculture systems. The project’s cost must be between £500,000 and £1 million for industrial research.
Dr Tom Jenkins, Deputy Challenge Director for the Transforming Food Production Programme at Innovate UK, said: “This funding will enable UK companies to partner with our world-leading science base to develop innovative, low-emission food production systems that meet rising consumer demand for products like alternative proteins. Producing food in new environments can help take pressure away from traditional land-based systems while also supporting our transition towards net zero.”