N8 Agri-Food Local Pump Priming Scheme - Final call now closed


N8 Local Pump Priming Scheme

The University of Leeds, as part of the HEFCE N8 Agri-Food programme, will invest £522K between April 2016 and March 2020 to support collaborative projects, workshops and outreach activities. This programme will be in partnership with equivalent funding pools within the other 7 partner Universities (Durham, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York).

The local pump priming scheme is for projects involving two or more N8 institutions that enable researchers to develop innovative ideas.

Four rounds of local University of Leeds pump priming awards have now been completed in December 2016, May 2017, April 2018 and January 2019. A summary of the successful projects can be found HERE


Pump Priming Presentation Day

On Thursday 15 February 2018 a presentation day for our awardees to showcase the variety of projects funded, their progress and the benefit that the funding has provided took place in University House. Leeds academics have also been very successful in obtaining funds from the N8 Agrifood Strategic Pump Priming Fund and these colleagues also gave a presentation. A selection of the presentations can be viewed here:

Christine Foyer, School of Biology - Delaying turnover of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) as a novel mechanism to enhance wheat yields

Bernadette Moore, School of Food Science & Nutrition - Sugar shifting: optimising food systems resilience in transition to low sugar consumption

*Anne Tallontire, School of Earth & Environment - Differentiated resilience in global food systems: a food sovereignty approach

*Eleonora Morganti, Institute for Transport Studies - People to Food, Food to People: towards integrating access to food for older people into planning, transport policy and community services

*Jouni Paavola, School of Earth & Environment - Pathways to transformation of small-scale agriculture in the Mekong region

Aaron Meskin, School of Philosophy & History of Science - Sadler/N8 AgriFood Seminar Series: Philosophical and Psychological Approaches to Values and Food Choice

*Alan Mackie, School of Food Science & Nutrition - Improved tools for investigating the intestinal uptake and subsequent immune and endocrine responses to novel dietary proteins

Tom Bennett, School of Biology - The role of root and rhizosphere in take-all tolerance

* Denotes strategic funding