New funding kick starts agri-food research

Posted on July 15, 2016 in News by . Share this article

_DSC9721_cropThe N8 AgriFood group has announced new pump priming funds aimed at creating a distinct programme of fundamental, translational and multidisciplinary research on agri-food resilience.

Two separate funds for local and strategic projects have been made available to researchers at the N8 universities to develop innovative ideas.

The funding provides grants of up to £30K to encourage researchers to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects that span two or more of the N8 AgriFood themes of sustainable food production, resilient supply chains and improved consumption and health.

Professor Duncan Cameron, the University of Sheffield contact for the N8 AgriFood group, said, “I am very pleased that the N8 AgriFood team is offering up these new grants.

“Translating food research from the laboratory bench to the field and onto our plates often requires a relatively small financial boost to trial a new technology or simply develop a workshop that will create new and productive research partnerships. These grants will provide that boost.”

Launched earlier this year with £16m of backing from the N8 universities and HEFCE, N8 AgriFood is building on the strength in agri-food research expertise across the N8 Research Partnership to transform food security research. It brings together natural and social sciences researchers to tackle the global challenge of food security both in the UK and around the world

To find out more about the two funding opportunities, please visit the N8 AgriFood website.