Novel, low-emission food production systems: industrial research

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £16 million to deliver, resource efficient, low-emission food production systems. Including alternative proteins and Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA).

  • Competition opens: Wednesday 18 January 2023
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 19 April 2023 11:00am

Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, are jointly investing £16 million in this competition through their strategic partnership. This partnership will support UK businesses to engage with and benefit from the UK’s excellent research base to grow and scale innovations.

The Novel Low Emission Food Production systems competition is part of Innovate UK’s funding support for growing the future economy, as outlined in Innovate UK's Plan for Action. This funding also includes the Better Food for All competition, earlymid and late stages. You must ensure you apply for the most relevant competition for your project.

The aim of this competition is to support the development of novel food production systems that create new sources of resource efficient, low-emission foods, particularly proteins, while delivering healthy and sustainable diets.

Your project must progress emerging novel food production systems towards commercial viability and ability to supply mainstream consumer markets.

Your proposal must:

  • have the potential to significantly shift the current state of the art in at least one of six priority areas
  • leverage UK strengths and expertise to create new production systems and technologies

This competition is split into 2 strands dependant on the category of research:


Your project’s total costs must be between £500,000 and £1 million for industrial research.