Newton Fund UK-China Agritech Challenge 2017 Online Partnering Platform 

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Welcome to Meeting Mojo, a platform to support potential applicants in finding partners for the Newton Fund UK-China Agritech Challenge 2017.

On behalf of the funders Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting this platform for both Chinese and UK applicants.

Meeting Mojo allows you to search for and message potential partners to form a consortium for this competition. Please note that there will not be any physical meetings held - all activity will be hosted online for you to pursue further.

Below you can find:

Newton Fund competition details

The Challenge

Innovate UK, BBSRC and MoST are investing in projects that use cutting-edge technologies to solve agricultural challenges in China. The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and China.

Projects should address challenges related to agricultural technologies in one or more of these 3 sectors:

  • Precision agriculture, agriculture digitisation and decision management tools 
  • Improving the efficiency of sustainable agricultural production
  • Agricultural products processing

Find out more and register your interest in the competition here.


Funding, Eligibility and Contact Details

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Innovate UK and BBSRC are investing up to £8 million for projects, administered by the Newton Fund.    

Eligible organisations: For a project to be eligible for this competition it will need to include one UK business and one UK higher education institute or research council institute eligible for BBSRC funding. Either a business or a research organisation can lead the project in the UK. There is no limit to how many UK organisations can form a consortium.

Key dates for the UK

  • Competition opens: 5 June 2017
  • Briefing webinar for applicants: 16 June 2017 - link to recording here
  • Registration deadline: 13 September 2017 - 12:00 noon
  • Application deadline: 20 September 2017 - 12:00 noon 
  • Decision to applicants: 24 November 2017
  • Project start date: January 2018

Funder contact details

Innovate UK - If you have any questions about the UK competition scope and application process, talk to the dedicated Competitions Team, Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:30:

  • 0300 321 4357


The Chinese investment has been made possible through MoST.

Eligible organisations: At least one Chinese business and one academic institution must form a consortium. There is no limit to how many Chinese organisations can form a consortium.

Key dates for China: The competition will open and close on different dates to the UK side of the competition. Please keep updated with MoST's official website for further information on when the competition will open and close.

Funder contact details

Ministry of Science and Technology - If you have any questions about the Chinese competition scope and application process, contact the China Science and Technology Exchange Center: 

  • +86-10-68598010

Organisations already joined

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UK: 1PartPet; Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute; AID:Tech; Alibaba Cloud UK; Bournemouth University; City Farm Systems; Cranfield University; Durham University; Environmental Monitoring Solutions; Heriot Watt University; James Hutton Ltd; Keele University; Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; Liverpool John Moores University; Loughborough University; MolCyt Group University of Leicester; Northumbria University; Oxford Robotics; Phoenix Medical Ltd; Rothamsted Research; Satoshi Systems Ltd; Stopford Energy & Environment; Ulster University; Unconventional Connections; University of Cambridge; University of Leeds; University of Surrey.

China Agriculture University; Chishui Xintian Traditional Chinese Medicine Industrial Development Company Limited; Fujian Renxitang Agriculture Development Company Limited; The Institute of Medicinal Plant Development (IMPLAD), Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC).

How to join and use this online partnering community


  1. Go to the 'Register' icon at the top menu and complete the form. 
  2. Remember - the more details you include, the easier it will be for other participants to understand what your organisation is offering, and what kind of partners you need to complete your consortium. Starred fields are mandatory and your application cannot proceed without them.
  3. (Please note, your organisation address and phone number will not appear in your public listing for other organisations to see, but adding these will help the site admin to check your organisation.)

Authorising your account

  1. Once you have submitted the form, you will be sent an automatic email to confirm your application is being processed.
  2. Emails are sometimes filtered by your provider, corporate IT or application settings. If you don't receive an email, please check your Spam folder.
  3. It will take up to 24 hours (Mon-Fri) for the site admin to confirm your registration. Until your registration has been confirmed, you will not be able to search for partners.
  4. However, in the meantime, you can log into your account and add any other details if you wish - an organisation logo, or additional people from your organisation.
  5. Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an automatic email with your login details which will also include a link to authorise your account.

Searching for partners

  1. In the top menu on this page, click 'Search' to view and search listings
  2. On the left of the page is a search tool to help refine your selection - you can sort by country, by type of organisation and registrants' area(s) of interest based on the competition scope. Please note that if no registrants have yet specified a particular area of interest, it will not appear on the drop-down menu.
  3. Alternatively, to see who has newly registered, you can order by date of entry using the selection tool above the listing. 
  4. The search tool is hierarchical, so the second category you select will be a subset of the first. If you then wish to start a new search, please click 'Reset' on the Search tool before starting again.

Sending messages to potential partners

  1. In your chosen participant's entry, click on the 'Send message' icon to start your discussion. The participant will receive an email to alert them to the fact that you have sent them a message.
  2. Your sent messages are displayed in your 'Messages' section. 

Receiving messages from potential partners

  1. If another participant has sent you a message, you will receive an email informing you. 
  2. DO NOT reply to this email direct (it has been automatically generated by Meeting Mojo and any replies to it will not be received by the participant). You will need to log into Meeting Mojo and reply to the message via your 'Messages' section.

Any queries about Meeting Mojo?

Check the FAQ guide which contains instructions on how to use Meeting Mojo, including how to reset your password.

The Knowledge Transfer Network and Newton Fund

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The Knowledge Transfer Network is the UK's Innovation Network. It works closely with Innovate UK on networking activity around the Newton Fund, crucial to help participants to meet and develop collaborative partnerships. Find out more here.