View supporting documentsSustainable utilisation of poultry litter - Competition Brief
Key features: Total funding available for Phase 1 is £650,000. A budget of up to £10m may be available for a Phase 2.
Award: Phase 1 funding is £650,000 and Phase 2 funding up to £10m
Opens: 10 Dec 2012, 00:20
Registration closes: 13 Feb 2013, 12:00
Closes: 20 Feb 2013, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Invest Northern Ireland (InvestNI) on behalf of the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) has launched a Small Business Research Initiative Competition (in partnership with Innovate UK) to stimulate the development of sustainable and innovative solutions for the utilisation of poultry litter.
The broiler poultry sector in Northern Ireland is a significant part of the local economy. The sector, however, produces a significant by-product - around 260ktpa (thousand tonnes per annum) of poultry litter which could rise to 400ktpa within 5-10 years.
Traditionally, the poultry industry in Northern Ireland has relied on spreading on agricultural land as its primary method for management of poultry litter, but such practices are no longer sustainable. Poultry litter has a relatively high phosphorus content and phosphate losses via run-off contributes to nutrient enrichment of streams, rivers and lakes (eutrophication).
Action to address nutrient enrichment is required by EU legislation and further action is required in relation to the management of poultry litter before the next Nitrates Action Programme is agreed with the European Commission in 2014.
Applications are therefore being invited for a SBRI Competition to develop innovative solutions which will present the Northern Ireland poultry industry with practical, economic and sustainable ways of reducing the phosphorus surpluses which currently arise as a result of the application of poultry litter to land.
Competition criteria will consider the appropriateness of the technical approach, how sustainability and environmental challenges will be addressed, the degree of innovation, and how this is balanced against project risk and timescales, the technical and commercial viability of the proposal, and the appropriateness of the project management arrangements and financial proposals.
Phase 1 of the competition will open on 10 December 2012 and the closing date for Applications is 12:00 noon on 20 February 2013. Contracts will be awarded, to those selected, in May 2013 for completion within 6 months. The total funding available for Phase 1 is £650,000. The maximum funding for any single contract in Phase 1 will be £75,000 (inc. VAT). A budget of up to £10m may be available if Phase 1 identifies sufficiently robust and viable proposals for a Phase 2.
AN INTRODUCTION TO SBRI
BACKGROUND AND CHALLENGE
THE FUNDING BODIES
An indicative timetable for the competition is shown above. Successful Applicants will be advised according to the key dates shown above and will be expected to mobilise rapidly to start Phase 1 of the project.
It is important that Phase 1 projects start soon after the contract has been issued so that all projects can proceed without delay.
You can review the results of this competition here.