Agri-food Innovation in Turkey Funding Competition

UK businesses can apply for a share of £1.5 million to work with Turkish businesses on innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-food sector in Turkey.

IUK expects total eligible project costs for each successful UK project to be between £300,000 and £400,000.


Before You Start

Innovate UK (IUK) and TÜBİTAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, are funding this competition. It is being run as part of the Newton-Kâtip Çelebi Fund programme.

IUK is the UK’s innovation agency and it works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy – delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Its aim is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

IUK is to invest up to £1.5 million for UK participants developing innovative solutions to challenges within the agri-food sector in Turkey.

Proposals should suggest ways to:

  • use waste by-products and residues from Turkey’s agri-food industry to reduce their negative environmental impact and add value;
  • improve the agricultural productivity of small and medium sized-farmers in Turkey by upgrading agricultural technology; and
  • improve animal and plant breeding in Turkey.


Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the programme guidelines, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

To apply for a Newton Fund award an applicant must:

  • be a UK-based company acting as lead applicant
  • have at least one UK-based company and one Turkish company working together on this project
  • have a project that will last up to two years
  • show that Turkey is the principal market for the project
  • show how the project fits within ODA criteria
  • propose a solution that is innovative in a creative, technical or commercial way

Applicants can also invite research organisations to join the project.

Match Funding

Projects should focus on industrial research. For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, applicant could get up to:

  • 70% of eligible project costs if for a small business
  • 60% for a medium-sized business
  • 50% for a large business

Eligible Expenditure

Projects should be at the industrial research stage of research and development.

IUK wants to see collaborative solutions which address one or more of the following challenges. 

  • Challenge 1 - using waste by-products and residues from the Turkish agri-food industry to reduce their negative environmental impact and add value
  • Challenge 2 - improving agricultural productivity of small and medium sized-farmers through upgrading agricultural technology
  • Challenge 3 - improving animal and plant breeding within Turkey

How To Apply

The competition is now closed. Registrations passed on 16 November 2016, and full applications on 23 November 2016. Details and deadline information for any future rounds will be reported when available.

Frequency: Unspecified.

Link to guidelines:

Useful information:

Winners will be announced in early spring.

Further advice and assistance with submitting an application may be sought directly from IUK.