Research with impact

If you work in agricultural research, Innovative Farmers provides a way for you, and your department or institute, to boost the impact of your work.

Five reasons to join

  1. Track your impact. We can provide you with reports on the impact of your research, including: how many farms and hectares were involved in your group; and what farmers have learned and done differently. You can use these as evidence in grant applications, along with pilot data that comes out of the field labs.

  2. See your research make a difference. We make it easy for you to work with farmers. Your coordinator runs the group, so you can focus on the science and sharing your knowledge with the group. You help farmers make the most of the time and resources they invest in trialling new approaches to what they do.

  3. Get first-hand insights into farmers’ priorities. You’ll meet farmers and learn their priorities. And we can tell you what farmers across our network are most interested in tackling.

  4. Gain experience as a principal investigator. These small-scale projects, and accessible funding, make Innovative Farmers a great opportunity for early career researchers. The chance to have a direct impact means you get big return for your time.

  5. Access further research funding. We help groups progress from field labs to more formal research where appropriate. Our own fund provides grants of up to £10,000 per group, and we support applications to other schemes, such as the European Innovation Partnership and Horizon 2020.

Register FREE today as a researcher

If you’d like your department or institute to join as a research partner, please send an email to or call 0117 987 4572.

You can register for FREE and we will actively support you to link up with like-minded farmers.

The field labs are a great way for researchers to work with farmers. Innovative Farmers can help researchers understand the impact of their work.

- Professor Tim Benton, University of Leeds, former Global Food Security Champion


Many of the UK's top agri-research organisations have been involved in field labs, or are interested in collaborating with groups.

IF research organisations Nov 2017

Backed by BBSRC

Innovative Farmers is sponsored Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the largest funder of agricultural research in the UK.

BBSRC sponsors Innovative Farmers, to support the excellent work the programme delivers by connecting our researchers to the users of their work. 

- Dr Andy Cureton, Head of Business Interaction, BBSRC

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