The AHDB Pork Innovation Fund awards grants of 50-100%to pig producers or businesses who have a good idea but not enough money or support to try it out or develop it. The grant is there to help evaluate new systems and technologies. It is about encouraging investment, improving technical competence and boosting cost competitiveness in the English pig industry.
The scope is broad and the ideas hugely varied so, whether a producer already has a clear plan or just an inkling of an idea, the first step is to talk to their regional AHDB Pork knowledge transfer (KT) manager. If the idea has merit, the KT manager can help develop the idea further and give guidance on how to complete the application form.
Previous projects have ranged from £6,000 to £24,000 in total value and there is a requirement that the grant award winner works with AHDB Pork to help communicate the results of the project to the wider industry.