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Connecting businesses to accelerate innovation

What is it?

The Food Innovation Network (FIN) is a virtual community of organisations, big and small, all of whom are looking for opportunities, partners, processes and ideas to help them make their food innovation ideas a reality, fuel the growth of their business and form new partnerships. FIN’s aim is to help improve the competitiveness of food and drink businesses right across the supply chain. FIN seeks to do this by:

  • Helping increase collaboration and partnership between businesses and research organisations
  • Providing support to help innovation happen, particularly for SMEs
  • Joining up R&D and innovation across the whole food system.

Who is involved?

Businesses both large and small, research organisations, innovation enablers, providers and demonstrators. It is Government sponsored by DEFRA and BBSRC.

How does it work?

At the heart of FIN is this web portal which connects members and helps them search for information on potential partners who can help them develop their ideas. This website also lists new funding opportunities and supplies a toolkit of resources, including model IP agreements, an overview of the UK R&D funding landscape and a series of user-generated hot topics. There is also a FIN coordinator, Simon Baty, who is here to work with individual businesses to provide help and advice. Log-in to get started.

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Featured news

Business Secretary calls for new tech revolution...

Business Secretary Greg Clark announces £90 million for agri-tech in a keynote speech to the National Farmers’ Union...

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Featured events

Priming Food Partnerships Event

This Research Council -led event will include: updates from the three sandpit-funded projects, an opportunity to...

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Featured opportunities

STFC Food Network Plus scoping projects

STFC Food Network + are delighted to announce that our call for collaborative scoping projects for £500 - £8,...

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Network

View profiles and contact all Food Innovation Network members

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Forum

Read and contribute to discussions on a range of food innovation topics

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Resources

Access a range of helpful online tools from our handy hub

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@ask FIN | 21 Feb
Business Secretary calls for new tech revolution in agriculture https://t.co/6ekQPuDWku
@ask FIN | 14 Feb
RT : Hear from leading specialists as they discuss challenges & opportunities in & manufacturing efficie… https://t.co/tsO5ZEnsIt
@ask FIN | 14 Feb
RT : Exciting opportunity to speak with industrialists and academics about all things food, health and nutrition… https://t.co/OyZTJFuJQo
@ask FIN | 09 Feb
BBC News - Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution? https://t.co/kKQZqg17DJ
@ask FIN | 07 Feb
BBC News - UK 'could adopt' Norway bottle recycling system https://t.co/clJFShyDcu
@ask FIN | 01 Feb
BBC News - Biscuits and chocolates take the 'shrinkflation' test https://t.co/5cyJJfWcF5
@ask FIN | 31 Jan
Food and Drink Sector Council meets for first time https://t.co/JZWDg6bQNB
@ask FIN | 29 Jan
RT : Just 2 days left to submit your short video pitch & application for the £5K Vouchers… https://t.co/lsYhoG3d7Y
@ask FIN | 29 Jan
Scientists calculate carbon emissions of your sandwich https://t.co/dxOFBED87O
@ask FIN | 22 Jan
Sounds a bit like a mini bar! BBC News - Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts https://t.co/rL6dtxxy5U