• Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre

Members

Our members are a vital component of Agri-EPI.
We bring together academic institutions with industry partners to design and develop research and innovations that will support growth in the food and farming sectors.

Current members include organisations from all major agri-food sectors including arable, horticulture, livestock and aquaculture. Our membership is representative of the whole supply chain – from farmers to processors and retailers plus engineering and technology businesses of all sizes. As a member you will benefit from:

  • Access to cutting edge facilities

    Members can access £18m of cutting edge facilities and equipment across a broad range of technologies via our three innovation hubs in Cranfield, Newport (Shropshire) and Edinburgh.

  • Demonstration of technology on commercial farms

    Agri-EPI have technology deployed on a network of working farms and processing sites, to test the latest innovations, and capture data that helps better understand and solve industry problems. These include all major farming systems and commodities that will allow farmers to:

    • See cutting edge technology being deployed in the real world
    • Understand its benefits
    • Feedback to ensure technology is commercially viable and industry focused
    • Provide data on production systems, allowing identification of industry issues that are opportunities for R&D
  • Partnering and consortia building

    We are uniquely positioned to help with consortia building. Knowledge of the capabilities of our members helps us to match needs with expertise.

  • Access to expertise

    Members become part of a network with access to a broad range of academic expertise, including Agri-EPI centre core members Cranfield University, Harper Adams University and SRUC (UK leaders in Precision Agriculture and Engineering) and a broad range of industry leading companies.

  • Business incubation

    Agri-EPI have developed business incubation facilities at a range of scales. This could:

    • Benefit start-ups looking to access facilities
    • Enable interaction with researchers and other companies
    • Help companies looking to embed researchers in a stimulating new environment as part of an innovation model
  • Newsletters and funding alerts

    It can be hard to keep up to date with all the opportunities out there, so we produce regular newsletters and email alerts to help members keep abreast of funding, events and other activity.

  • Access to exclusive Agri-EPI events

    Members are entitled to free access to exclusive Agri-EPI knowledge exchange events showcasing:

    • The latest cutting edge research
    • Industry developments
  • Funding opportunities

    We actively look for funding opportunities which could benefit members eg grant funding or finance from investors:

    • Ensuring members can take advantage of available funding
    • Helping members to identify the most suitable funding
    • Assisting members in making application
  • A trusted project partner

    We can partner with members directly in both private and publicly funded projects. We can tailor our support to meet members’ needs with:

    • Project management
    • Access to facilities and equipment
    • Assisting with trials
    • Development of technology
  • Gateway to over 100 leading Agri-Food companies

    Becoming a member provides access to the network of agri-food companies that form the Agri-EPI membership and the key decision makers within these organisations.

To find out more about Agri-EPI Centre please get in touch.