N8 refers to the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. Read more about the N8 Research Partnership.

The programme is focused on ensuring the stability and integrity of national and global agri-food supply chains in the face of environmental and socioeconomic challenges. With an investment of £16m from the N8 Universities and HEFCE, N8 AgriFood is building on the strength in agri-food research expertise across the N8 Research Partnership to transform food security research.

N8 AgriFood is a joint multidisciplinary research programme across the N8 universities with academics, partners and events in every institute. The secretariat, however, is based at the University of York with the operations staff working from offices in the Department of Biology.

No. The programme is designed to foster cooperation between the N8 universities, but N8 AgriFood cannot succeed if it doesn’t also work with other universities and research institutes, as well as with businesses, charities, civil organisations and the public. We are keen to work with other academic institutions in the UK, across Europe and globally, wherever collaboration will improve the impact and reach of our research.

N8 AgriFood is a Catalyst Programme jointly funded by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and each of the N8 institutions.

Not exclusively. The programme objectives are to catalyse research activity, creating and environment where multi-disciplinary cross institutional research thrives. To do this we use some of the funding to pump prime research ideas, the outputs of which should lead to funded proposals in the future. This uses only a small proportion of the funding.