We are pleased to announce that the First Funding Call is now OPEN for Pump Priming, BIV and NVF funding. 

The Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network is a new 3-year UKRI-BBSRC funded Network which aims to act as the leading collective voice for the UK horticultural and postharvest community.  The Network will provide funding opportunities to its members including Pump Priming for research feasibility studies, Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) and Networking Visit Funding (NVF).  The aim is to reinvigorate interest and bring together academics and industrialists to develop scientific and technological solutions to tackle food waste and to improve quality in horticultural fruit, vegetable and potato crops.

This work will help to address the BBSRC Strategic Priorities for Agriculture and Food Security and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to reduce food waste and losses by 50% by 2030.

The Network is led jointly by Carol Wagstaff (University of Reading) and Leon Terry (Cranfield University).

Applications for funding are welcome from UK researchers based at UKRI-eligible institutions.

Application forms, call guidance documents and other details of available funding can be found on the Network website, via email at info@foodlossnetwork.com or directly from the Network Manager: Jane Bradbeer (j.h.bradbeer@reading.ac.uk)

The closing date for all applications is 5pm on 15 January 2021.

Follow the Network on Twitter @HortQFLNet and LinkedIn ‘Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network’.