The Agri-Tech Research Innovation Accelerator (AgRIA), collaborating to accelerate agri-food innovation.
AgRIA is an ideas proofing, fast-start : fast-stop engine, designed to help new innovations reach commercial viability by supporting the rapid testing of ideas to solve problems in agri-food. It is a hive of activities located at the centre of the Harpenden Campus in The Lawes Open Innovation Hub, part of the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, alongside companies and Centres for Agricultural Innovation.
Ideas proofing is supported by business and entrepreneurial mentors and adopts lean and agile approaches. AgRIA operates three basic models:
Short leap projects of 6-18 months
Young entrepreneur MRes and PhD projects of 1-4 years
Longer 'leap of faith' projects of up to 5 years
AgRIA projects are theme based. A soils theme was the first to be launched in early 2017 followed by FarmInn due to be launched in the summer of 2017.
FarmInn aims to provide real-world, scientifically proven solutions to challenges faced by UK farmers affecting the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of their business. This initiative will support innovative on-farm projects, enabling farmers to rigorously test new ideas whilst de-risking the process of trying innovative practices. Bringing together Rothamsted Research scientists and the expertise of UK farmers, FarmInn aims to deliver real impact from innovative ideas.
MANAGING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP)
The IP policy for AgRIA ensures those who contribute to its development through funding or research are fairly recognised. Please contact us to find out more about this policy.