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The University of Lincoln has been awarded funding from the BBSRC Seeding Catalyst fund and researchers are invited to apply to receive money towards their next project.

The Lincoln Seeding Catalyst fund will support a small number of high quality transformation projects in the agri food sector from any of the core science areas at Lincoln relating to Agriculture and Food so could include life sciences, engineering, computer science and social sciences. Each project can be awarded £25K to £75k, which must be spent before the end of February 2018.Funding will be granted by the University through open competition, and awards will be based on the following principles:

1) The project must support the translation of key core sciences towards industrial application.

2) The awards must show a direct link to the overarching objectives of the Seeding Catalyst fund, i.e. increase productivity, provide healthy safe food, secure supply chain integrity and environmental resilience etc.

3) The project must be collaborative and multi-disciplinary, including collaboration between core scientists (Computer Scientists / Engineers) with end users in the agri food supply chain.

4) The project must have secured industrial in kind support (50% of total cost), projects with SME participants will be favoured over established large companies. The collaborations could be UK or International, but if international the industrial benefits will need to be secured post award in the UK. The University already have a very large network of industrial sponsors, and these will be used to support in kind contributions and enable leverage. Colleagues will be encouraged to develop new collaborations for these awards, and the University’s existing membership of both Ag Tech East and Agri Epi may help foster new relationships.

5) The awards can be for a range of activities defined within the Seeding Catalyst scope including proof of concept, designs, market research activities etc.

6) Each award must have demonstrable impact and show a clear pathway towards the digital transformation of the agri food sector. They must show a clear route to secure future direct industry funding, or future leverage with RCUK (BBSRC / EPRSC / STFC) or Innovate UK grants.

7) Each project will be evaluated for protectability, technical feasibility and commercial viability of the underpinning technology. Any aspects of the technology that are identified as novel and proprietary will be protected using the appropriate routes. Technical feasibility will involve assessing whether the project/proposal could be reduced to practice in a cost effective and timely manner and the commercial viability will include evaluating the market and commercial opportunity for the technology/project.

For more information contact: Professor Simon Pearson, Director of LIAT, spearson@lincoln.ac.uk or Professor Chris Bingham, Director of Research, School of Engineering, cbingham@lincoln.ac.uk

Applications are to be made by completing the attached application form which must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 4th October via email to Emma Seamer, eseamer@lincoln.ac.uk. You will receive an email confirming receipt of the application form.

A panel, consisting of internal academics and independent external personnel, will decide which projects have been successful in the application process and therefore will receive funding to progress.

The panel will discuss and make the decision on 9th October and all applicants will receive notification of the panel’s final decision on or before Wednesday 11th October with agreed funding support being available from 16th October.

The panel’s decision will be final, based on information available and supplied in the application form.

Download the application form

Source: Zoe Homes, University of Lincoln