The N8 AgriFood Programme is developing and projecting the North of England as a world-leading research and innovation cluster tackling the global challenges of sustainable food production, resilient supply chains and improving nutrition and public health. There is currently significant uncertainty in the UK food system, not least, because our future relationship with the EU implies a major overhaul of the system of tariffs, subsidies and income support mechanism that have defined farming and food policy for the past four decades. These regulatory changes, alongside population, market, consumer, dietary, climate and environmental impacts occurring at the global level, demand multidisciplinary approaches to understand and address key agri-food challenges. N8 AgriFood has a unique capacity to tackle these complex challenges and instigate transformational change in our regional, national and global food systems.

Through effective collaboration across the sector with industry, government, SME’s, NGO’s and charities, N8 AgriFood aims to generate new knowledge to tackle these complex challenges. We are achieving this through our pump priming schemes and our large interdisciplinary projects. 

  • Our two pump priming schemes which have funded >150 projects to test and develop new and innovative solutions and establish valuable and critical relationships within the sector. These have led to further funding and sustained collaborations which will continue to influence change in the future. See tiles below.
  • The collaborative and multi-disciplinary nature of N8 AgriFood has enabled us to compete and secure external funding for large interdisciplinary research projects, and to initiate research and innovation partnerships at scale. In the twelve months from May 2018 to April 2019 programme collaborators secured £40m of agri-food research funding. See our highlighted research projects tile below for a selection of flagship projects.

We confront the breadth of the food security challenge through our 3 research themes:
Sustainable Food Production, Resilient Supply Chains and Improved Consumption & Health. Select the tiles below for further information.

Below provides further information on others areas of our research activities.

Also you can visit our funding call page for information on current external funding opportunities.