CIEL: World-leading livestock research alliance 

CIEL is the UK’s livestock innovation Centre, helping to introduce innovative technologies and processes into livestock production – UK and worldwide. We:

  • Provide leadership

    joining up distinct pockets of excellence to form a world-class hub of expertise, tackling the issues that no one part of the sector can address alone

  • Act as the broker

    for one of the world's largest livestock science hubs, working with world-leading researchers and industry partners across the supply chain to identify challenges, potential solutions and routes to R&D funding

  • Facilitate access

    to £70 million of capital investment in new R&D capability across all livestock sectors, that will develop agri-tech to directly benefit UK farming and the wider agrifood industry

CIEL is the front door for research & innovation within livestock food production.

We connect industry with world-class research capability and insight to successfully tackle key livestock challenges faced by our industry. From developing climate smart food systems and enhancing animal health to improving welfare and productivity, CIEL is working with businesses to help identify, develop and deliver impactful science and research.

As a membership organisation, Member's within the CIEL’s network benefit from tailored support to build the best project consortia, facilitated access to specialist research capability, exclusive Member events and the inside track on funding opportunities.

Together, the CIEL network of collaborative expertise is tackling grand challenges for livestock production:

  • Climate smart food systems

  • Endemic disease reduction

  • Food safety, quality & integrity

  • Health & welfare management

  • Resource efficiency & precision nutrition

  • Antimicrobial resistance

One of the largest alliances of livestock researchers in the world

National network of academic partners and research institutions

Network of Industry Members encompassing all aspects of the livestock supply chain

Production - Feed & Nutrition - Health & Welfare - On Farm Solutions - Data & Analytics - Processing - Retail - Allied groups & Associations

Working across Government

BEIS, UKRI, Innovate UK, Defra, Health, DFID, DIT



Greatest investment in livestock research capability in a generation

Delivering 26 new or enhanced livestock research facilities across the UK


Value of research projects we're currently involved with

Through use of assets and/or project management including recent bid wins


Projects in the pipeline

Current proposals and bid submissions we're working on

Working in partnership across the livestock industry

CIEL is proud to be a member of the Animal Task Force (ATF). The ATF is a European Public-Private Partnership of research organisations and farmer and industry organisations, working together on a sustainable and competitive European livestock production sector by fostering knowledge development and innovation in the whole animal production chain. Find out more.

CIEL is pleased to be part of the Food Industry Initiative on Antimicrobials (FIIA) which has the stated vision of ‘Retailers, manufacturers, processors and food service companies coming together to promote and support responsible antimicrobial use and action on antimicrobial resistance. The intention of this initiative is to support and engage with existing industry groups working in this area, ensuring work is aligned, avoiding duplication of effort and it has 3 key working groups on Responsible Use, Data and Research & Development.  

CIEL is delighted to be a member of AIRTO - the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, and foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector. Our membership is testament to the specialist skills and professional work CIEL undertakes in helping to raise the productivity of UK companies, and in connecting businesses, government, and academia to the resources needed to catalyse the successful uptake of new technology.