Can you help enhance the nutritional quality of food and drink?

Competition now open for: ‘Optimising food composition: fat, sugar, salt and fibre’

Registration deadline: 18 November 2015, 12:00 (noon)

Expression of interest deadline: 25 November 2015, 12:00 (noon)

Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative R&D projects to enhance the nutritional quality of food and drink through the reduction of sugar, salt and fats, and through an increase in dietary fibre.

Competition aim

The aim of this competition is to stimulate the development of new processes and products that lead to the availability of healthier food choices for consumers, and open up new market opportunities for the industry.

What is the scope of the competition?

Innovate UK is inviting proposals that have the potential to significantly improve the nutritional composition of food and drink, focusing specifically on one or more of the following high-level challenges:

  • reducing levels of salt
  • reducing levels of sugar
  • reducing levels of saturated fat and/or total fat
  • increasing levels of dietary fibre

Projects must also ensure that:

  • calorific content is improved or not adversely affected
  • any new ingredients are sustainably sourced
  • foods remain appealing or increase their consumer appeal

What is out of scope?

Proposals may be deemed out of scope where:

  • the primary focus of the work is human allergens or other nutritional enhancements outside of the competition aims
  • substantial novel ingredient regulatory approval is likely to be required – where this is an expected outcome, applicants should contact us to check the project is eligible for funding
  • approval for a ‘health' claim (as opposed to ‘nutrition' claim) is likely to be required from the European Food Safety Authority

Project costs

Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business, but may include research partners. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.

We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £250,000 to £1 million, although we may consider projects outside this range.

Key dates

This is a two-stage competition.

Registration deadline noon 18 November 2015
Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline noon 25 November 2015
Stage 2 opens for invited applicants 8 February 2016
Deadline for invited applications noon 10 March 2016

More information

To register your interest or to find out more, please visit Innovate UK’s website.

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000