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Investment in Transforming Food Production

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I joined the Transforming Food Production (TFP) team just over a year ago, after spending five enjoyable years with the KTN Agri-food team. I helped many individual companies on their funding journey, but, while I regularly witnessed SMEs winning the funding ‘battle’ by securing a collaborative R&D project, they only had a chance of winning the funding ‘war’ once they secured private investment.

35 years since a Eureka moment – enabling global R&D collaboration

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In 1985, a group of leaders from 17 European countries and the European Commission gathered in Paris to agree to work together to support closer cooperation between businesses and research organisations in the field of ‘advanced technologies’.  It was the Eureka moment and saw the birth of what is today the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation.  The rest as they say is history!

Industrial Revolution - perhaps we got it wrong!

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As I reflect on a very enjoyable and productive 12 years with Innovate UK, which came after a 38-year engineering career making aircraft and cars better, safer and more economical, I have to ask myself this awkward question, “How can it be that I’ve only just woken up in the last few years to the harsh realities of climate change?”