Agri-tech Catalyst round 7: agriculture and food systems innovation

Agri-tech Catalyst round 7: agriculture and food systems innovation

UK businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from DFID for projects with partners in eligible African countries.

  • Competition opens: Tuesday 28 August 2018
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 21 November 2018 12:00pm


There is up to £3 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) for early-stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries.

A full definition of research categories is available in the general guidance for applicants section of our website.

The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of development and scale of uptake of agricultural and food systems innovation by farmers and food systems actors (such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors or wholesalers) in Africa.

All projects must be collaborative and must include at least one partner from the UK and one from an eligible African country. All funding for businesses and research organisations will be sent through the administrative lead organisation.

If your project’s total costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, email at least 10 days before the competition closes for approval.

Funding type


Project size

Early stage feasibility studies: £100,000 to £500,000, 12 to 18 months. Mid stage industrial research: £250,000 to £1 million, up to 3 years. Late stage experimental development: £150,000 to £800,000, up to 18 months. Projects must start by 1 April 2019.

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