There are two types of pump priming available for N8 AgriFood research:

  1. Local pump priming via the N8 AgriFood project at individual universities
  2. Strategic pump priming projects funded and organised by the N8 AgriFood Secretariat

1. Local Pump Priming

Local pump priming projects are intended to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations across the N8 universities and with external agri-food stakeholders. Projects must involve at least two N8 institutions and develop ideas for future funding proposals or other significant outputs.

Where can I find details of how to apply?

Please follow the links below to your institution’s local process:

2. Strategic Pump Priming

Strategic pump priming funds have been awarded to 10 projects during 2016 and 2017 and the call is now closed. The successful multidisciplinary projects bring together new consortia of N8 researchers and industry/agri-food stakeholders to address key challenges in global food security. The projects span different themes of the N8 AgriFood Resilience programme, involve multiple disciplines and should lead to major funding bids for large agri-food projects. You can see the successful projects here.

Knowledge Exchange Fellows

We have a cohort of Knowledge Exchange Fellows (KEFs) across the N8 universities whose role is to develop links to industry and other agri-food stakeholders. They may be able to help you with your proposal and finding suitable partners. To find a list of KEFs and their specialisms please click here

If you have any questions about N8 AgriFood pump priming, please contact

Vikki Wright,
Grants and Finance Co-Ordinator
T: +44 (0)1904 328737
E: vikki.wright@n8agrifood.ac.uk