European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Scheme
EIP schemes brings together expertise such as advisers, researchers and businesses to work in partnership with farmers to consider how practical solutions might be developed to address a particular problem or opportunity for the agri-food industry. These partnerships are known as Operational Groups. The pilot scheme is being delivered by CAFRE which awards funding to Operational Groups to develop and implement their projects.
The scheme is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and DAERA.

What Funding is now available?

The pilot scheme has now closed for new applications.

Funding was available in 2 stages. Initial Stage 1 funding of £4987 was available to help bring together expertise as Operational Groups to consider how to develop practical solutions to a particular problem or opportunity facing farmers. This money will help the group pay for someone to help them develop their project plan and to support electronic communications as people seek to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) through face-to-face meetings.

CAFRE has awarded Stage 1 funding to ten Operation Groups.  These groups are now eligible to apply for further funding of up to £120,000 to implement their projects. Funding will be awarded to three of these applications in September 2020.

There will also be capital funding of up to £30,000 available for capital expenditure which is paid at a grant rate of 50%.

Full details on available funding and eligible expenditure is detailed in the Scheme Brochure.

How can I find out more?

To find out more detailed information about the scheme please visit the CAFRE website.

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