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Farmers offered £3k to test their innovations

April 1, 2019 by  
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Rothamsted Research is launching a new fund to support innovative on-farm research – with all projects to be thought up, co-designed, and run by farmers.

Robust solutions

Part-funded by AHDB, the aim of FarmInn is to provide real-world, scientifically robust solutions to the challenges faced by UK agriculture. The scheme will provide free access to Rothamsted’s researchers and facilities, by pairing farmers with experts in the field.

It is anticipated that about seven projects will initially be funded, with each farmer receiving up to £3000 to cover the eligible costs of running their trial.  Any proposal that addresses the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of farm businesses will be considered.

“We want to hear from the farmers themselves,” says project leader Dr Ian Shield.

“Farmers are by nature great innovators, continually striving for new and better ways of doing things. They also possess a huge wealth of expertise, and when it comes to their own land, an unrivalled level of knowledge.

“We aim to support that spirit of discovery by taking away some of the financial risks of trying something new, and by providing them with specialist support in terms of designing experiments, collecting data and analysing results.”

Application

Farmers are being asked to submit their idea via a short, simple application form and projects will be chosen by a panel of Rothamsted staff, who will then assign a suitable scientist to work with the applicant to produce a project plan.

For full details, visit www.rothamsted.ac.uk/farminn

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