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Farming Innovation Programme- Research Starter

  • Farmland

  • Research
  • England


The funding is for farmers, growers and foresters to explore ways to bring benefits across the whole farming community. You’ll be able to investigate a problem you know exists to work out what could best be done about it.

Fund manager & award size

DEFRA partnered with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Total Farming Innovation Programme will be allocating £270 million. This stream is for projects with costs between £28,000 and £56,000. The fund covers up to 70% of the total project costs. See the fund website for additional details.


Available to farmers, growers, or foresters based in England. See the fund website for additional details.

How to apply

See the "How to apply" section on the fund website for detailed guidance.


Application deadline

Potentially open in the future. Previous round (3) closed on 08/03/2023. See the fund website for updates.


Overall programme running since 2021 for a number of years.

Last reviewed


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