Sainsburys is looking for farmers and growers to develop research partnerships with in return for data sharing, as part of a drive to fill what it believes is a data gap in agriculture.

Partners will be allocated a Sainsburys “expert” and scientist to help collect research data on their chosen project, with a focus on building more resilient and efficient supply chains. The information collected will then be shared with the farming partners.

The programme is open to members of the retailer’s farming development groups, its horticultural suppliers and any university, research institute or commercial company working with any member of the farm development groups.

Research projects must focus on at least one of the following:

  • Product quality and freshness
  • Product safety
  • Plant, animal and consumer nutrition
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Soil health
  • Resilience and security

This is the third round of Sainsburys’ research and development grants, which have so far amounted to £2.2m and covered 23 research projects across 15 agricultural supply chains.

Projects awarded funding in 2013 included research into controlling pig weight through post-weaning management tools and using EBVs to determine worm resistance.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 5pm on Monday 3 November to agriculture.rdgrant@sainsburys.co.uk.

For more information or to apply visit the Sainsburys website.

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