UK-registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £2million to help fund an innovation project with another knowledge base and a business partner registered in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa.
Your project must align with the scope of the ‘Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation, late stage’ competition.
Your application must be for a specific, strategic innovation project that tackles one or more challenges faced by the business partner. It can be any kind of project but it must show:
- That it helps the business with a real need
- How it fits the strategic aims of the business partner
- There is a genuine market opportunity and route to market
- How the knowledge gained will be embedded within the business partner
- The commercial impact for the business partner, and any wider impacts
- That you have a clear understanding of what qualifications, skills, attributes and experience the associate will need
The UK knowledge base, African knowledge base and the business partner must sign the KTP joint commitment statement.
You must deliver an exploitation plan during your project. Your initial exploitation plan is part of your application.
This award is provided on a non-aid basis. This means the knowledge base partner must publish or make openly available, on a non-selective basis, all project outputs. If the business partner decides to commercially exploit the project outputs, it can only do so with no selective advantage.
Innovate UK is unable to award grant funding to organisations meeting the condition known as undertakings in difficulty (UiD). However, as per the amendment on 2 July 2020 to the General Block Exemption regulation, Innovate UK will provide funding to organisations that can prove they were not a UiD on the date of 31 December 2019 but became a UiD between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021. You will be asked for evidence of this.
Each African agriculture KTP is a partnership between the following:
- A UK knowledge base, which will be the lead organisation and submit the application
- An African knowledge base and business partner, both in one of the following countries: Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa
Typically projects last 24 months, depending on the project requirements.
KTP does not support projects with public sector organisations.
UK knowledge base partner
Each application must be created by a UK knowledge base, with the help of a knowledge transfer adviser.
The UK knowledge base must lead the project and must:
- Be a UK-registered higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult
- Invite one business or not-for-profit organisation from Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa to join the application and collaborate with them on the development of the project
- Invite one African knowledge base from the same African country to join the application and collaborate with them on the development of the project
- Invite one knowledge transfer adviser to join the application
- Not act in any way to gain selective commercial or economic advantage from the outputs of the project
- Allow associates to carry out the majority of the project at the business partner’s premises
- Make sure the application is completed and submitted before the competition closes
The knowledge base partner cannot work alone.
African business partner
Business partners can work with knowledge bases of their choice, one from the UK and one from their own country. Innovate UK encourage business partners to approach knowledge bases directly.
To collaborate with the knowledge bases, the business partner must:
- Be a business, of any size, or a not-for-profit organisation registered in Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa
- Have more than two employees
- Demonstrate its ability to support the project
- Be invited by the UK knowledge base and complete its parts of the application
- Provide business finance information for the past three years
The definition KTP uses for ‘not-for-profit organisation’ includes social enterprises and charities.
Subcontractors are not allowed in this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding:
- Projects which are classed as state aid
- Undertakings which gain a selective economic or commercial advantage from the funding
- Research projects
- Projects that are not strategic for the business partner
- Projects that work with public sector organisations
- projects that do not demonstrate a genuine market opportunity
Innovate UK are also not funding projects with the following themes:
- Forestry or ornamentals
- Wild-capture fisheries
- Crops for energy production
Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.
Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.
We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.