Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund

The Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund has two aims.

The first is to promote skills development and knowledge transfer in the primary agricultural sector.

This will be achieved through providing funding to organisations to deliver vocational training, coaching, workshops, courses and farm visits designed to develop skills and transfer knowledge.

The second is to deliver on-the-ground improvements in agricultural competitiveness, resource efficiency, environmental performance and sustainability.

This will be achieved through meeting the running costs of operational groups seeking to implement innovative projects in these areas. Operational groups can be made up of different individuals or organisations within agriculture who are working collaboratively.

The scheme will be aligned with the European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability. This helps form partnerships between farmers, advisers and businesses working on the ground.

These operational groups are expected to generate new insights and innovative ideas, as well as mobilising existing knowledge into practical solutions.

If you have any queries or questions please contact the team who manage the scheme direct. Details can be found below in the Contact section.

Further information about operational groups and collaboration can be found on the Scottish Rural Network website.

Scottish Rural Network

Update - June 2018

The date for the next KTIF - Project Assessment Committee (PAC) has been set:

  • applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, 18 September 2018
  • the PAC will meet to consider applications on Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Please note below latest guidance to be followed when applying:

The remit for the Knowledge Transfer Innovation Fund (KTIF) Project Assessment Committee (PAC) is:

(a) to consider and determine applications for assistance under KITF, including the level of grant and any conditions to be imposed; and

(b) to monitor operation of the Scheme and consider any adjustments needed to achieve its objectives more effectively.

The KTIF PAC met on the 16th November 2017 and undertook a review of the KTIF with an eye particularly on the remaining indicative budget of circa £1.2M.

They have agreed a number of guidelines for future projects:

  • restricted to a maximum grant award of £100,000
  • up to one year duration
  • innovation projects only should be considered (no further Skills and KT). New projects are encouraged to discuss their proposals with Innovation Support Service (proposed to launch early in 2018)

Full scheme guidance

Full guidance


The following forms for this scheme can be found on the KTIF form page.

  • Application form: KTIF 2 - 2015
  • Additional information form: KTIF 2a
  • Claim form: KTIF 4
  • Request for change form: KTIF 5

Forms page

Scheme delivery

This scheme is delivered through:

The Scottish Rural Development Programme logo