N8 Agri-Food Pump Priming Schemes - Now closed

Two pump priming funding schemes are available to support collaborative work aligned with the aims of the N8 AgriFood programme:

N8 Strategic Pump Priming Scheme - This scheme is now closed

The strategic pump priming scheme is for flagship, strategically important, multidisciplinary projects which involve a number of N8 institutions with a clear route to develop into high profile collaborations and outputs. Projects are likely to span two or more of the N8 AgriFood themes (sustainable food production, resilient supply chains and improved consumption and health). The subject matter and scope must be of interest to significant potential funders with a clear pathway and timeline to a funding application.

The Strategic Pump Priming application round opened Monday 20th February. Proposals must be submitted by 4pm Friday 5th May. Decisions are expected to be made at a panel meeting on 6th June, and notifications of Awards by 14th June. Projects are expected to start 3rd July 2017.

More information and application forms can be found HERE

N8 Local Pump Priming Scheme - This scheme is now closed

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. These could include building collaborations with external partners, accessing facilities not available at their own institution, generating preliminary data and developing links across disciplines.


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


The University of Leeds local pump priming application round opens February 23rd 2017. Deadline for submissions is April 10th 2017. Decisions are expected by 3rd May 2017. A third and final local pump priming call will be announced later in 2017.


More information and application forms can be found HERE


Please note it is not possible to apply concurrently for the local and strategic schemes.


If you are unsure which fund to apply to please contact the relevant Academic Lead at Leeds:

Resilient Supply Chains: Steven Banwart: S.A.Banwart@leeds.ac.uk

Sustainable Food Production: Les Firbank L.Firbank@leeds.ac.uk

Improved Consumption and Health: Louise Dye L.Dye@leeds.ac.uk