The Family of Agri-Tech Centres

Driving greater efficiency, resilience and wealth across the agrifood sector

The Agri-Tech Centres are a unique collaboration between Government, academia and industry to drive greater efficiency, resilience and wealth across the agrifood sector. A £90m investment from the UK’s strategic innovation agency (Innovate UK) is enabling the Centres to harness leading UK research and expertise as well as build new infrastructures and innovation.

The Centres are essential catalysts for change. They are a gateway for businesses seeking access to the very best science, expertise and technologies – stimulating new research, technology and solutions for the agrifood sector. Each has its own unique focus, building capabilities that can lead the world in delivering sustainable food and farming solutions.

There are four Agri-Tech Centres (CIEL, CHAP, Agri-EPI Centre and Agrimetrics)

Together, the four 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.

The Agri-Tech centres were funded as part of the Agri-Tech Strategy that was launched in 2013 as part of a £150million 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

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.