Latest News & Events
Photonics for AgriFood
24th November 2020
Photonics is an underpinning technology with application in a wide range of end-use sectors. Photonics is a key enabler across industrial challenges from the digital economy to autonomous transport, provides innovative healthcare technologies for rapid disease detection, and is essential for Industry 4.0.
Speakers from industry and academia will highlight the latest developments and KTN will provide an overview of the landscape and funding opportunities for each area.
Innovation in Arable Farming: Technologies for Sustainable Farming Systems
19th October 2020
This is a FREE, three-week online programme exploring evidence-based information that outlines the benefits and challenges of adopting new technologies within the EU. You will learn from farmers who have adopted agri-tech on their farms to enhance production, while meeting environmental and social responsibilities, and hear how they overcame any barriers to adoption.
SFN Scoping Projects Announced
We were are delighted to annouce the 17 projects that will be funded via the SFN Scoping Project Call 2020. You can find out more about the projects via by following the link below
Food2030 Conference - Transforming Food Systems through Research and Innovation
16th October 2020
Researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, food system stakeholders and citizens are invited to exchange and debate ideas on how Research and Innovation can accelerate the transformation of food systems, and contribute more to the evidence-base for strengthening their governance. The event is co-organised by the European Commission’s FOOD2030 team, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the German EU Presidency.
Escape Citizen Science Workshop
SFN Newsletter - Sept
The newsletter includes an update on SFN activities, links to recorded and forthcoming events, and a list of active funding opportunities. Click the link below to download the September edition.
SFN Blog - 2020 Sandpit Winners: Adapting food systems to work with uncertainty
In our last blog post, we told the story of how the STFC Food Network+ (SFN) didn’t let a global pandemic stop the most recent Sandpit from going ahead by transitioning the whole event online for the first time. Although this gave a very different experience to the usual, in-person format, this clearly didn’t impact the quality of the proposals which resulted from the discussions. Here we feature the winning projects for each theme, which were decided by democratic vote to receive £10K each in funding.
SFN Blog - Innovation under lockdown: the SFN Sandpit goes virtual!
Even the most interactive events based on networking and group discussion can be successfully run online – as the recent STFC Food Network+ (SFN) virtual Sandpit demonstrated.
SFN Call for Scoping Projects 2020 - Now closed
UPDATE: UK-based scoping projects can now be funded at 100% FEC up to a maximum of £8k. Projects led by partners in ODA-listed countries in Africa and Asia can be funded up to a maximum of £10k (100% FEC)
Our call for collaborative scoping projects for £500 - £10,000 is now open. This call is open to all projects that bring together STFC capabilities and food research and industry. You can download a copy of our application form here [if you don’t use google docs then just go to ‘File’ and select ‘Download as’ ‘Microsoft word(.docx)’]. To help you think of new ideas and prepare, we would like to remind you that you can access the SFN handbook here. If you have part of an idea and aren’t sure how to link up with the relevant food or STFC-side people, please contact the relevant SFN Champion. We hope you will consider applying to this call so we can fund a diverse range of exciting new projects. Please send your application forms to email@example.com
New Champions Announced
Future Funding Opportunities - Webinar
Virtual Sandpit 2020 - Webinar
Thursday July 9th, 3.00-4.30pm
Webinar 1 - We ran a webinar in preparation for the Virtual Sandpit. Please note that this webinar is for shortlisted sandpit participants only. SFN Champions/ Liaisons presenting challenges/ STFC capabilities.
Call Open for Virtual Sandpit 2020
Dates: 15, 16, 17, & 21 July 2020
Deadline for Applications – 30 June 2020
The first call under SFN 2.0 seeking expression of interests for virtual sandpit to fund projects up to £10,000 is now open. This year’s sandpit is focussed on “Food Systems in the UK and Beyond: Navigating Through Uncertainties.” The details about the schedule, various themes and application form can be found here. This call is open to all participants from STFC capabilities, food systems research, industry and policy makers across the UK, Asia and Africa to come together for collaborative projects. To help you think of new ideas and prepare, we would like to remind you that you can access the SFN handbook here. If you have part of an idea and aren’t sure how to link up with the relevant food or STFC-side people, please contact the relevant SFN Champion. We hope you will consider applying to this call so we can fund a diverse range of exciting new projects. We will aim to confirm all those successful in securing a place for the sandpit by 06 July 2020.
Following our initial kick-off meeting with our new Steering Committee and CoInvestigators we’d like to introduce this new team to you - You can find out all about the people that will be helping us to achieve our network aims, advising and mentoring us for the next four years here