AgRIA is a £1.6M fund to support innovation projects that bring together scientists and small businesses on a dedicated site in Hertfordshire. It is seeking to support 19 new collaborations to boost economic growth.
AgRIA (Agri-Tech Research Innovation Accelerator), supported for three years by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is led by Rothamsted Research in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, University College London, Cranfield University, Green Triangle, and Rothamsted Enterprises.
Total project costs can be up to circa £65,000 with a minimum contribution of £8,000 from the small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This contribution can be in the form of paying for consumables, travel, consultancy, and patents. The remaining funding is provided by ERDF and Delivery Partners.
These “short leap” projects, which will run for circa six months, are expected to cover one or more of the four highlighted themes (see below). They will be based at Rothamsted Research’s Harpenden campus with hot desk office space; they will also have access to facilities at the University of Hertfordshire and University College London.
To apply for short-leap funding, please download and complete Application Part A and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When your Application Part A has been accepted, you can complete and submit your full project proposal in Application Part B.
The next round of AgRIA funding will be open for applications from March 2020. Application forms will be posted online here once available.