About Us

Our ecosystem is the only innovation centre that can deliver whole chain, science based solutions at scale and connect such an outstanding breadth of science, industry, and policy across the UK.

Our ecosystem is the only innovation centre that can deliver whole chain, science based solutions at scale and connect such an outstanding breadth of science, industry, and policy across the UK.

Purpose:

To enable innovative and resilient agrisystems that adapt to ever-changing global challenges affecting agriculture and its partner industries, positively impacting the planet and driving economic growth for the UK.

Vision:

To be a world leading agri-innovation centre focussing on agri-systems that sustain the environment, the economy and society.

Mission:

To enable innovative and resilient agrisystems that adapt to ever-changing global challenges affecting agriculture and its partner industries, positively impacting the planet and driving economic growth for the UK.

Story:

The ever-increasing global population has created almost insatiable demand for food, fuel and fibre. Supplying these necessities is the responsibility of agri-industries – agriculture, horticulture, forestry and aquaculture. However, the sector faces increasing challenges, especially from climate change. Agri-industries must urgently innovate to secure humanity’s necessities whilst safeguarding the planet and its resources. 

We create value, urgently accelerating the speed at which new progressive ideas are identified and validated by science and evidence. We find commercially viable, impactful options and drive their adoption. 

Our trusted community is formed by a merger between three established the Agri-Tech Centres – CHAP, CIEL and Agri-EPI. Together we give businesses the help they need to propel agri-tech solutions to market which promote circularity in agri-systems and improve adaptability and sustainability. Our work benefits the whole supply chain, the UK economy and beyond.

The UK Agri-Tech Centre is a unique, independent and unbiased organisation in the pursuit of driving economic growth while protecting humanity and the planet.

FAQs

What are the UK Agri-Tech Centre’s organisational priorities?

The UK Agri-Tech Centre’s immediate focus is establishing the new organisation, completing the merger and evolution of our strategy in line with this. Longer term, our ambition is to continue this evolution towards a Catapult.

The Agri-Tech Centres are merging on 1 April 2024: what will happen to CHAP, CIEL and Agri-EPI?

The Centres will continue operating, providing a high level of service to members and other partners until the new merged business is implemented, on 1 April 2024. The Centres are in a transition period until April as work progresses to shape the future organisation, engaging with partners to ensure it will deliver their needs, but all current workstreams and projects will be maintained. 

Will there still be an equal focus on all sectors? Crops, livestock and engineering?

The new merged business will maintain a focus on all areas of crops, livestock and engineering, as well as exploring new sectors within the wide area of food, feed, fuel and fibres.  It will retain and attract sector specialists, with the expertise and passion for all areas of the agri eco-system. 

Will existing Agri-Tech Centres' projects continue into the new merged business?

Yes, each Centre is fully committed to delivering all its existing projects and completing its agreed plans and objectives for the current year to March 2024. The innovative longer term projects that extend into April 2024 and beyond may be transferred into the new business and completed in line with the project agreements. 

How will the new merged business support innovation to deliver benefits across the agri-tech sector?

The UK Agri-Tech Centre will ensure a thought leadership programme of activity to influence positive change across the sector, actively engaging with industry, academia and government to drive innovation and R&D. 

Exciting plans are being developed to accelerate agri-innovation – including providing opportunities for industry and academia to work together on new ideas in open innovation groups. This will ensure that the industry is can rapidly respond to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

There is already a thriving pipeline of projects in all phases of development and delivery, and this will be accelerated with the new business. 

Will you work with companies outside the UK?

The UK Agri-Tech Centre will be focused on supporting economic growth for the UK – but will work with businesses of all sizes both in the UK and internationally.  It’s important that the organisation addresses local, national challenges. 

Additionally, with support from other Government departments and industry, we will help to provide UK businesses with opportunities to export and develop technologies and solutions that will also benefit developed and developing countries to enhance inward investment. 

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in finding out more about our plans , please do get in touch by submitting an enquiry.