New Growing Kent & Medway Grants Available from 5 September

Wooden table with fresh vegetables and two piles of leeks and orange carrots

New Growing Kent & Medway Collaborative R&D grants are available, with applications opening from Monday 5 September.

Growing Kent & Medway are funding projects that help the transition to net-zero and deliver improved productivity and sustainability in horticultural food and drink production. The latest grant bracket has increased to £50-£350k.

Over £1m was awarded to six wide-ranging projects in funding round one; from increasing vitamin C and iron in tomato crops, to reducing food waste by growing the best cherries for longer storage.

Kent and Medway is home to state-of-the-art horticultural and plant-based food and drink research facilities, with a wide-range of expertise, from crop protection, new product development, sustainable packaging to post-harvest storage. The area also boasts research strengths in engineering and the enabling technologies.

The University of Kent receive £3.14m of the project’s funding to develop a multi-disciplinary research and training programme to improve the region’s Agri-Tech capabilities by collaborating alongside Kent businesses.

To make the most of this latest round of funding, applicants must work directly with a Kent-based research organisation in order to apply.  The competition opens Monday 5 September.

Learn more about Growing Kent and Medway

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