£90 Million Government Investment
The UK Government, through Innovate UK, has invested almost £90 million of government funds in CIEL and its sister Centres for Agricultural Innovation. These investments have developed new infrastructure and research capabilities that will address many of the existing and new challenges facing UK agriculture. Each Centre works alongside some of the best research institutions and most innovative companies in the world, all of whom are equally committed to investing in the right people, research and technology to discover new ways to help transform UK food and farming.
Having world-class research capability won’t solve the myriad of agri-food sector challenges overnight. It will, however, ensure that relevant solutions continue to be developed to emerging opportunities and threats facing the sector.
Continued agri-tech innovation will provide new growth opportunities for organisations supplying agricultural markets, ensure a long-term future for proactive UK farmers, and help guarantee the availability of nutritious and affordable food for all whilst preserving the planet’s health and wellbeing for future generations.
Together, the four Agri-Tech Centres aim to:
- join up existing excellence and invest in new innovative resources and research that don’t exist elsewhere
- address challenges that no one part of the sector can address alone
- open up opportunities for transformational change
- position the UK as a global leader in sustainable food production.
Funded as part of the Agri-Tech Strategy launched in 2013 as part of a £150 million commitment to UK Agriculture by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Find out more about the vision, aims and impacts of the Agri-Tech Centres at www.agritechcentres.com
In addition to working with BEIS, CIEL works across Government Departments such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Department for International Development (DFID), and the Department of Health and Social Care. We help leverage funding opportunities and offer a voice for our Members to help ensure important industry issues are addressed at the highest level.