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Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC)

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The Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) is a joint NERC and Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) initiative to support innovative projects that will provide solutions to key challenges affecting the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of the UK crop and livestock sectors.

Approximately £10m of funding is available through the five year partnership between BBSRC, NERC and a consortium of leading companies to address two key challenges identified by industry:

  • Resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems.
  • Predictive capabilities for sustainable agriculture.

Funding for these areas is split into two streams:

  • Research grants, providing new knowledge and data.
  • Research translation grants developing tools and products from existing data.

In recognition of an increased interest and importance of the inclusion of social and economic science perspectives to challenges in sustainable agriculture, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) has become a partner in the second SARIC call for proposals.

Industry members

SARIC has 12 industry members who contribute to funding research and take part in directing the club's activities.

  • AHDB logoAgriculture & Horticulture Development Board
  • Anglian Water logoAnglian Water
  • Associated British Agriculture logoAssociated British Agriculture
  • Barworth logoBarworth Agriculture Ltd
  • Bayer logoBayer CropScience
  • British Beet Research Organisation logoBritish Beet Research Organisation
  • Cawood Scientific logoCawood Scientific
  • Welsh Water logoDŵr Cymru (Welsh Water)
  • Elsoms Seeds logoElsoms Seeds
  • Environment Systems logoEnvironment Systems
  • Monsanto logoMonsanto
  • Syngenta logoSyngenta

Applications for SARIC industry membership will remain open for the duration of the programme and interested companies should contact Jodie Mitchell at to discuss membership.

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Can I apply for a grant?

No, calls for proposals are now closed.


Approximately £10m of funding is available through the five year partnership between BBSRC, NERC, ESRC and a consortium of leading companies.


Round 1 research grants (PDF, 261KB)

Round 1 research translation grants (PDF, 123KB)

Round 2 research grants (PDF, 124KB)

Round 2 research translation grants (PDF, 114KB)