May 2018

Interim Impact Evaluation of the Agri-Tech Catalyst


The Agri-Tech Catalyst is a central part of the UK Government’s Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, designed to boost investment in R&D and improve the translation of research into practice, whilst reducing the environmental impact of agricultural production. Since late 2013, £70m has been invested by BEIS, BBSRC and DFID in the Catalyst, supporting collaborative R&D grants, ranging from the development of novel vaccines through to optimising the use of big data in different agricultural contexts and testing innovative sensor technologies.  The Catalyst funds three types of R&D grant (early, industrial and late stage) reflecting different stages of the R&D process.

SQW, in partnership with Martin Collison and BMG Research, has been commissioned to undertake an interim evaluation of the Agri-Tech Catalyst in 2018/19, and develop an evaluation framework for longer-term evaluation of the Catalyst.  This study follows SQW’s earlier process evaluation of the Agri-Tech Catalyst (and Industrial Biotechnology and Energy Catalysts) for Innovate UK. The interim impact evaluation will involve surveys with project leads/collaborators and unsuccessful applicants, in-depth case studies to understand in detail the activities and outcomes of selected Catalyst projects, and engagement with stakeholders across the agricultural sector.

For more information about the study, please contact Joe Duggett or Rebecca Pates at SQW.