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Ben Williams

Knowledge Transfer Senior Manager

AHDB Pork Knowledge Exchange


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Current calls and opportunities

For any current research calls and/or opportunities please follow this link to the AHDB Procurement web page:

AHDB Pork is seeking proposals for the annual postgraduate studentship programme

We are pleased to be able to offer up to three studentships, to start in October 2019 to last four years each.

The aim of the AHDB Pork–funded studentships is to train the next generation of high calibre, practically-minded individuals for employment in positions benefiting the pig sector. Crucially, projects must be relevant, innovative, novel and scientifically challenging, with scope for the development of the student and for their input into the project.

We have identified a number of areas where future experts are needed:

  • Predictive analytics, including machine learning, for the purpose of improving production efficiency and/or health and welfare
  • Quantitative ammonia reduction through innovation
  • Reducing the need for antibiotics in pig production
  • Improving uptake of new tools and practices through greater understanding of changing farmer/grower behaviour

The closing date for applications is midday on Tuesday 2 October 2018. An application form and detailed guidance can be found on the AHDB website

Queries and further information requests should be sent to

Countryside Productivity Scheme

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

It is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, there are grants for:

  • water resource management and reservoirs

  • improving forestry productivity

  • adding value to Agri-food

  • improving farm productivity

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Find out more here.