N8 AgriFood programme does not fund large research projects but awards pump priming funds to drive new collaborations across disciplines, between researchers from different N8 universities and with external stakeholders. The N8 universities have committed £1.6m to fund such projects and to date ~£0.8m has been awarded. We have also funded ten larger Strategic Pump Priming projects, typically involving multiple N8 partners and cross-theme topics, which are highlighted below.