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EPSRC Reference: EP/X011062/1
Title: AgriFood4NetZero: Plausible Pathways, Practical and Open Science for Net Zero Agrifood
Principal Investigator: Sanderson Bellamy, Dr A
Other Investigators:
Watson, Professor CA Smith, Professor P Scollan, Professor ND
Benton, Professor TG Ward, Professor N Bridle, Professor S
Frewer, Professor LJ Pearson, Professor S MacMillan, Professor T
Charalampopoulos, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Agri-EPI Centre Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Agri-Food Quest
Agricultural Universities Council AgriSearch Agrivation Ltd
AHDB (Agri & Horticulture Dev Board) Algae UK Applied Group
Arup Group Ltd British Grassland Society Business, Energy Industrial Strategy
Centre for Effective Innovation in Agric CHAP Solutions Cool Farm Alliance CIC
Cranfield University Ctr for Innov Excellence in Livestock DEFRA Westminster
Dept of Agri, Env & Rural Affairs DAERA Devro Downforce Technologies
Eating Better Fera Science Limited Food & Drink Federation
Food and Farming Futures Ltd Food Ethics Council Food Sense Wales
Food Standards Agency Food Standards Scotland (FSS) Food, Farming and Countryide Commission
Greater Lincolnshire LEP Harper Adams University Institute Of Agricultural Engineering
International Potato Centre Jones Food Company LettUs Grow
Linking Env and Farming LEAF National Farmers Union (NFU) National Federation Young Farmers' Clubs
National Sheep Association National Trust NatureScot
Northumberland County Council Nourish Scotland Organic Farmers and Growers
Potato Processors' Association Quality Meat Scotland Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
Quorn Foods Royal Agricultural Society of England RSK ADAS Ltd
Samworth Brothers Ltd Scotch Whisky Research Institute Scottish Crofting Federation
Scottish Dairy Hub Slade Farm Organics South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd
The Climate Change Committee The Good Food Institute Europe The James Hutton Institute
University of Greenwich Wilderness Foundation World Wide Fund for Nature WWF (UK)
Zoe Global Ltd
Department: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
Organisation: University of the West of England
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 July 2022 Ends: 31 December 2025 Value (£): 3,897,947
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Agricultural systems Food processing
Livestock production
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Environment Food and Drink
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 May 2022 Agri-food Network Plus Interview Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The agri-food system, producing 23% of UK emissions, must play a key role in the UK's transition to net zero by 2050, and through leadership in innovation can support change globally. Our Network+ will build on existing and new partnerships across research and stakeholder communities to develop a shared agenda, robust research plans, and scope out future research and innovation. The Network will design and deliver high-reward feasibility projects to help catalyse rapid system transformation to ensure the agri-food system is sustainable and supports the UK's net zero goal, while enhancing biodiversity, maintaining ecosystem services, fostering livelihoods and supporting healthy consumption, and minimising the offshoring of environmental impacts overseas through trade. The radical scale of the net zero challenge requires an equally bold and ambitious approach to research and innovation, not least because of the agri-food and land system's unique potential as a carbon sink. Our title, Plausible Pathways, Practical and Open Science, recognises the agri-food system as a contested area in which a range of pathways are plausible. Success requires that new relationships between natural and social science, stakeholders including industry, government and citizens, be forged in which distributed expertise is actively harnessed to support sectoral transformation.

We will use our breadth of expertise from basic research to application, policy and engagement to co-produce a trusted, well-evidenced, and practical set of routes, robust to changing future market, policy and social drivers, to evolve the agri-food system towards net zero and sustainability. Marshalling our many existing stakeholder links, we will review and evaluate current options and use Network funding to catalyse new partnerships through retreats, crucibles, workshops, online digital networking and scoping studies to develop system approaches to transformation, reframe the research agenda and undertake novel research projects. We will co-design productive and creative spaces that enable the research community to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and thought leaders through the following framework: 7 Co-Is who govern the Network but are not themselves eligible for funding; 9 Year-1 Champions (with new appointments after Year 1) dynamically forging new connections across research communities; 11 Advisory Board members tasked with challenging business-as-usual thinking; and regular liaison with other stakeholders.

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