UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has pledged over £2.2 million to seven agri-tech firms with Canadian partners to fund the development of new agricultural techniques that will help both countries meet their net zero emission targets.
The funding is being awarded through UKRI’s UK-Canada: enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability competition, which is overseen by the Transforming Food Production challenge.
In this competition, UK and Canadian companies were brought together through on-line and in-person events to identify and build project concepts in sustainable agriculture.
The seven winning UK companies are Arden Biotechnology, Devenish, Precision Decisions, Airborne Robotics, RAFT Solutions, Clarity Biosolutions and RS AQUA and their Canadian partners are, TrustBIX, Mara Renewables Corporation, JCA Industries and Société pour l’information industrielle (SII Canada), Bow Valley Genetics, Sona Nanotech and Innovasea Marine Systems respectively.
The Canadian partners will receive funding support through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).
The competition ran in the first half of 2020 and aims to boost international cooperation and business growth by mobilising cross border resources and expertise to combat climate change.
The winning projects had to demonstrate a clear plan to improve productivity, increase sustainability and help move towards achieving net zero emissions by 2040, in addition to showing market awareness and a developed commercial plan.
Katrina Hayter, challenge director for the Transforming Food Production programme, UKRI said: “UKRI’s UK-Canada competition is an important initiative that helps UK businesses create strong international networks, access expertise and develop international market opportunities.
“The UK companies and their Canadian partners are working on an exciting array of projects to integrate cutting-edge technology into everyday farming techniques that could help both UK and Canadian agriculture improve productivity and sustainability and ultimately make our respective agricultural systems more climate friendly.”