Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund

Date published: 9 July, 2019

For recent changes to this guidance, please see the bottom of the page.

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

KTIF Update - August 2020

The date for the next KTIF Project Assessment Committee (PAC) has been set for Tuesday, 6 October 2020:

  • Applicants to submit a short inception note to KTIF@gov.scot by Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The Secretariat will offer valuable critique and feedback prior to submitting a full application.
  • Final applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, 29 September 2020 (midnight).
  • The PAC will meet to consider all final applications on Tuesday, 6 October 2020.
Please note the 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 KTIF, 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.

New Additional Requirements for Applications: ·

  • Funding for projects will be capped at £30K; ·
  • A maximum lifetime of 4 months and all project to be completed by 31 March 2021
  • Knowledge Transfer projects only (eligible for 75% funding under KTIF);
  • Encouraging applicants to focus on resource efficiency (including projects that will support Knowledge Transfer on cutting emissions), environmental performance and/or sustainability of agricultural holdings.

Projects can take the form of: ·

  • Specific training courses, workshops and coaching;
  • Demonstration activities that can take place on a farm (distancing measures permitting) or more likely by virtual means.
  • Information action activities to disseminate information concerning agriculture and forestry. These actions can take the form of exhibitions, meetings, presentations or can be information in printed and electronic media.
  • Farm and forest visits to learn about specific ways of doing things that may be of benefit to others.
  • Measures that aim to introduce innovative approaches and result in improvements to efficiency, effectiveness and/or environmental performance.

Projects must be in a position to operate under Covid-19 restrictions but flexibility can be considered in the case of restrictions tightening or loosening. We suggest this would in most case mean being able to deliver the project by digital means.

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

a) to consider and determine applications for assistance under KTIF, 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.

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

This scheme is delivered through:

The Scottish Rural Development Programme logo