Ceres Proof-of-Concept Awards at a glance
The second round of Ceres Proof-of-Concept Awards are now open for 2021 applications. These are to support plant agri-tech innovations with commercial potential, e.g. for proof-of-principle work, prototype development, small scale field or plant trials.
Who is eligible?
Applications must be led by an academic from a Ceres partner university. If you are a researcher at a Ceres university and need proof-of-concept data to start commercialising your agri-tech innovation please contact us with an outline proposal at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is proof-of-concept work?
Proof-of-concept work is a small-scale, preliminary demonstration showing that the rationale behind the commercialisation of your agri-tech innovation is scientifically robust. To be successful, most applications for subsequent translational support – including Ceres Project Awards – will require proof-of-concept results.
How do Ceres Proof-of-Concept Awards work?
Ceres will provide quick access to one-off translational proof-of-concept investments. Each award will be in the range of £5,000 to £20,000, with funds awarded based on a 6 minute pitch to the Ceres Investment Committee. Funding rounds are held quarterly, with decisions on the day.