Duchy College Rural Business School
In recognition of the success of its approach to technology transfer and business innovation, Duchy College Rural Business School (RBS) was presented with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2014. As the first ever land-based college in England to receive such a prize, the award recognises the work carried out by the RBS to enhance the technical capabilities and growth of south west rural businesses.
Rothamsted Research (North Wyke)
Part of Rothamsted Research, the world’s oldest agricultural research institute, North Wyke focusses on grassland livestock systems; the processes that underpin them and the impact that they have on the wider environment. Bringing together specialisms in ruminant nutrition, greenhouse gas monitoring, soil sciences, and environmental modelling, research at North Wyke is being used to help optimise future farming systems; producing better quality products using fewer resources to reduce the environmental impact of farming and help farmers to achieve more from less. The site is home to the Farm Platform National Capability, a unique highly instrumented farm that can monitor, at a whole farm scale, the environmental and economic sustainability of alternative ruminant grassland systems.
University of Exeter
As a Russell Group University, the University of Exeter has a wide range of leading research activity relevant to the agri-tech sector, encompassing land use policy and management, environmental economics, ecosystem services, environmental monitoring, the environment and human health, systems management (ecological, biological, water, energy) and plant and animal health. In addition, broader research expertise within the advanced engineering, mathematical, computational and business departments is highly pertinent to supporting the development of a thriving agri-tech sector.
Plymouth University (PU) is renowned for its high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. PU’s Innovation Centres are now home to more than 110 innovative high growth enterprises, whilst the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre is a place for experimentation and creativity, connecting students, academics, researchers, businesses and entrepreneurs. The Sustainable Earth Institute brings together researchers from the Physical, Earth, Engineering and Environmental Sciences, along with Business, Arts, Humanities and Cognitive Sciences, to develop cutting-edge and sustainable solutions to global challenges, including those facing the agri-tech sector.
Cornwall Development Company
The Cornwall Development Company (CDC) is the arm’s length development body of Cornwall Council and has many years’ experience in working with businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to encourage economic growth. Their role in this project is the employment of two Business Engagement Managers to work with businesses to develop their RDI proposals. These may then be presented to the voucher scheme (managed by CDC) for funding approval or developed into a larger more collaborative research proposal involving one or more of the project partners
Agri-tech Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly is a 3 year £10m project to increase Research Development and Innovation in the Agri-tech sector across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is part-funded by the European Development Fund.
For more information on the project or the application process, please contact us.
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