Centres for Agricultural Innovation: launching in 2016


As well as creating capacity in the UK to translate agricultural innovation into commercial opportunities for UK businesses, the three new centres will stimulate inward investment and help to revolutionise farming practices in the future. The Government’s investment will finance world-class laboratory equipment, IT hardware and software, and facilities to test and develop new agricultural technology and products.

The new Centres

  • Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) - £21.3 million government investment to revolutionise how farmers manage crop threats including pests and disease, both in the UK and overseas. The Centre will have its headquarters in York at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus in Sand Hutton. CHAP Partners include Dow Agrisciene, Newcastle University, Rothamsted Research, Tesco, FERA, Farmcare, Frontier, Bayer CropScience, AHDB, Unlever and CABI.
  • Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) - £29.1 million government investment to create new livestock technology and products to boost the profitability and productivity of livestock farming. The Centre will have its headquarters in York at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus in Sand Hutton. CIEL Partners include Rothamsted Research, SRUC, Harper Adams University, AHDB, Roslin, Aberystwyth University, AFBI, Newcastle University, University of Bristol, Queen's University Belfast, Fera, University of Leeds, Duchy College, University of Nottingham.
  • Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI) - £17.7 million government investment in the new, fast-moving market of precision agriculture to help the UK’s agri-food sector develop advanced technologies that will increase productivity and sustainability in UK agriculture. The Centre will have hubs in Edinburgh SRUC, Harper Adams University and Cranfield University and as well as these partners include Agco, AG Space, AHDB, Kingshay and Harbro

A ‘family’ of Centres

We launched Agrimetrics, our first Centre for Agricultural Innovation, back in October 2015 and these new Centres will collaborate with Agrimetrics on many projects. All the Centres will collaborate on different projects - much of the exciting innovation happens at the cross-over of disciplines, and agri-tech is no different.  

From Agri-tech Strategy