The R&D budget covers funded R&D projects, postgraduate student awards and some on-going industry support activities.  Within the R&D project spend, it is recognised that any R&D strategy cannot define all the possible issues that will arise within a given time frame.  Also, a very prescriptive strategy would run the risk of excluding innovative ideas of potential benefit to the industry.  The R&D funds are therefore provisionally allocated between “proactive and “reactive funding.  In addition, over a cycle of 3-5 years, the proportion of the R&D spend on beef and sheep related activity will be balanced to match the levy income.

In addition, the Better Returns Programme (BRP) covers funded projects through the Farmer Innovation Grants (FIG) scheme. Funding for 2016/17 is now  closed.

 Process for application for research funding

The link below will take you to a full explanation of the application process.  Please ensure that all requirements are followed to avoid any delay in submitting to the AHDB Beef & Lamb R&D Committee.

New forms for applying for R&KE funding and a guidance document have been developed and can be found on the procurement page of the main AHDB website. Please click here to access them. Old sector forms should not be used after 01 December 2016 apart from where there is a current open call issued before 01 December 2016. AHDB Terms and Conditions can also be found on this page.

Submission deadline dates

Unless stated otherwise on Calls for Proposals and Invitations to Tender, the submission deadlines are:

Deadlines:                                           For Committee consideration on:

Friday 12 January 2018                 Tuesday 06 March 2018 

Friday 16 March 2018                     Wednesday 09 May 2018

Friday 11 May 2018                         Tuesday 10 July 2018

Friday 13 July 2018                         Tuesday 11 September 2018

Friday 14 September 2018           Tuesday 06 November 2018


Proposals/Outline Proposals

If you are seeking research funding other than in response to a call or invitation to tender, you are strongly advised to ensure it meets one of AHDB Beef and Lamb’s R&D priority areas.

Constraints on types of research undertaken

As a general rule, the AHDB Beef & Lamb Board has decided that AHDB Beef & Lamb R&D will not support the evaluation of commercial products.  A detailed policy has been agreed by the R&D Committee, which can be found below:

If you would like to be kept up to date on AHDB Beef & Lamb proposal calls, please forward your contact details to ku.gr1513278327o.bdh1513278327a@hcr1513278327aeseR1513278327, thank you.