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1 UK Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy: Government and Industry in partnership 28 th November 2013 George Freeman MP Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk Chairman of the APPG on Science & Technology in Agriculture

2 Contents An Industrial Strategy for Agriculture The Opportunity and The Challenge The Vision Leadership: the key players who now have to deliver The Measures  The Agri-Tech Catalyst Fund  The Institute for Agricultural Metrics  Innovation Centres  Global Markets Next steps: timetable 2

3 UK Agriculture Sector: a major industry The Agri-Food supply chain contributes £96 billion, or 7% of GVA, to the UK economy Agriculture contributes £9 billion to the UK economy and underpins £26 billion food and drink manufacturing sector The UK is one of the top 12 food and drink exporters in the world UK exported £18 billion of food, feed, and drink in million employed in agriculture and fishing supply chains

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5 The opportunity 5

6 The Challenge 6

7 Science Food and Farming Aid/Trade 7

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9 Science Food and Farming Aid & Trade 9

10 The opportunity. The Challenge. Opportunities  Inward Investment From Wave Of Global $ For Ag Sci  UK IPR / Tech Transfer  Spin-outs  Competitiveness + Productivity Of UK Agriculture Plc  Emerging Markets  Growth Of Bioeconomy Threats  Global Population Growth  Global Climate Change / Pressure On Resources  Food Inflation  Static UK Agricultural Productivity  Relative Decline Of UK Applied Science Base 10

11 G’s Fresh Produce, Cambridgeshire 11

12 The Vision Better industry links / Leadership UK Ag-Sci Significant Inward Co-investment Into UK R+D  From Global + Industry / Partners Boost Global Status of UK Ag Research  Attract and Train Top Rising Star Researchers Better Capture And Commercialise UK IPR  Technology Transfer /Spin Outs and Start-ups Catalyse a Vibrant UK Agri-tech VC Sector Support Greater Industry / Research Collaboration And Uptake Develop UK Leadership in Science + Metrics Of Sustainability / Ag-informatics New Global Collaborations / Trade Links  Eg; 10 Yr Collaboration With BRICS & Ag Trade/Aid Projects 12

13 The Agri-tech sector key stakeholders UK Research Institutes  JIC, Rothamsted, Aberystwyth, IFR, NIAB, Roslin, James Hutton, Etc  Levy Boards  BBSRC Global Ag-tech  Big 6: UK: Syngenta, Row: Basf, Monstanto, Bayer, Etc  Nutriceuticals: Abbot Nutrition Unilever Farming  Progressive Leaders: Velcourt, G’s, Spearhead, Etc  Family Farms Food Industry  UK And Global  Small / Farm Gate  Processors  Retailers Charities  UK Foundations Gatsby / Hutton Etc  Gates  NGOs Nations  Brics  Qatar  EU 13

14 Measures 1. The Agri-Tech Catalyst Fund 2. Institute of Agricultural Metrics 3. Centres for Agricultural Innovation 14

15 The Agri-Tech Catalyst Launched on 9 th October 2013 The Government are investing £70 million through the Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by through the Technology Strategy Board (in partnership with BBSRC) Strategic aim: to promote innovation and the translation of science and technology into common practice, thereby furthering the vision of the Agricultural Technologies Strategy. The Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline that demonstrate the potential to advance sustainable intensification of agriculture and deliver economic impact for the UK Agri-Tech industry by tackling domestic or international challenges.

16 The Agri-Tech Catalyst £10 million of the Catalyst funding is contributed by DFID to support the transfer of technology and new products to developing countries The Agri-Tech Catalyst programme supports collaborative applications only, either business- business or business-academia. Multi-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

17 Centres for Agricultural Innovation Investing £90 million in a small number of Centres for Agricultural Innovation over five years  These will support advances in sustainable intensification  The Agri-Industry will help develop the themes and priorities for each Centre  The first Centre for Agricultural Innovation, the Centre for Agricultural Informatics, will establish the UK as a world class centre in agricultural informatics

18 Institute of Agricultural Metrics Informatics is the collation and application of insights gained from the study of large integrated data sets. It is already starting to deliver benefits in agriculture across genetics, economics, agronomy, and hydrology and soil science. The Government will establish a Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability, at an estimated cost of £10 million. By developing UK expertise, our aim is that the Centre will become a global hub of excellence. This is the first of the Centres of Agricultural Innovation. 18

19 Agri-Tech Catalyst Fund – Grant Categories 19 Industrial Research To evaluate the technical feasibility of an idea and establish proof of concept, through: Experimental evaluation Proof-of-concept using plot/field trials Exploration of production mechanisms Prototyping Product development planning and market testing Intellectual property protection or widespread dissemination of findings Duration – typically 3-5 years Maximum grant – up to £3m Application must be business-led Funding proportion – up to 60% of total eligible project costs for SMEs; 50% for large companies Late Stage Feasibility Studies Enables the evaluation of proof the commercial potential of a scientific application, through: Review of commercial value of application in agri-food production Proof of business opportunity Demonstration studies to validate application Intellectual property protection Route to market Duration – up to 12 months Maximum grant – up to £250K Application must be business-led Funding proportion – Pre Experimental Development - up to 50% of total eligible project costs for SMEs; 40% for large companies Experimental Development - up to 35% of total eligible project costs for SMEs; 25% for large companies Early Stage Feasibility Studies Enables the exploration/evaluation of the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea, through: Review of research evidence and application potential in agri-food production Assessment of business opportunity Experimental studies to validate initial concepts Scoping for further development Duration – up to 12 months Maximum grant – up to £250K Application can be academic or business-led Funding proportion – up to 75% of total eligible project costs for SMEs; 60% for large companies

20 Global Aid & Trade 20

21 July 2013 Strategy Launched on 22 July 2013 Development of the Agri-Tech Catalyst Autumn Beginning process for the Centre for Agricultural Informatics. Open call for the 2 nd round for the Agri-Tech Catalyst Next Steps Launch of AHDB Agri-Skills Strategy Networking Events to bring together stakeholders around the Centres for Agricultural Innovations Open call for the 1 st round for the Agri-Tech Catalyst August 2013 Sep 2013 First post-launch Leadership Council meeting


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