Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network (HortQFLNet) funding call ends 6 August

HortQFLNet is a 3-year BBSRC funded Network. Now in its second year, £90K is available to fund Pump Priming project applications in this call; 50% of which is ringfenced for ECRs.

The group anticipate awarding funds to 4-5 projects of up to £20K each. Each project will have a duration of 3-9 months.

Additional funding of £10K in total will be available to support academics and industry partners to encourage co-development of project ideas through Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) and Networking Visit Funding (NVF).

The aim of the Network is to act as the leading collective voice for the UK horticultural and postharvest community. By providing funding opportunities, it aims to attract fundamental or applied plant science-based and technology researchers to develop innovative scientific and technological solutions to reduce food loss and improve the quality of UK horticultural crops.

By encouraging and facilitating collaborations with other academics or industrialists through available BIV/NVF funding, the Network aims to connect scientists and industry to co-develop ideas that could be developed into pump-priming projects. 50% of pump priming funding is ringfenced for ECRs.

The funding call is open to all UK based researchers at UKRI eligible institutions through a single annual selection process. Applications should be made by completing the relevant application form (pump priming or BIV/NVF). Application forms and call guidance documents can be found on the HortQFLNet website.

The call guidance documents provide full details of the application and evaluation/selection processes including details of the criteria against which project proposals are evaluated. Application forms should be returned to the Network by email to info@foodlossnetwork.com by 17:00 on 6 August 2021. Successful awardees will be notified by early October 2021.

Projects will be able to commence once the award funding process has been completed. COVID pandemic It is hoped that travel restrictions currently imposed due to the ongoing pandemic will start to be lifted and enable Networking Visit Funding activities such as travel to other Institutions to proceed.

However, Network activities will continue to be subject to any restrictions imposed as part of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy.

Further information about the Network and Funding Opportunities can be found at https://foodlossnetwork.com/.