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 - March 2020

The date for the next KTIF Project Assessment Committee (PAC) has been set for Thursday, 28 May 2020:

  • Applicants to submit a short inception note to KTIF@gov.scot by Monday, 20 April 2020. The Secretariat will offer valuable critique and feedback prior to submitting a full application.
  • Final applications should be submitted by no later than Monday, 11 May 2020.
  • The PAC will meet to consider all final applications on Thursday, 28 May 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:

  • All applications must focus on the theme: Restoring, preserving and enhancing biodiversity, habitats and ecosystems dependant on agriculture.
  • Restricted to a maximum grant award of £75,000.
  • Projects to be completed by 31 March 2021
  • Innovation projects only (no further Skills and Knowledge Transfer).
  • New projects are encouraged to discuss their proposals with Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) in the first instance (launched early in 2018) to find out more visit the RISS website: https://www.innovativefarmers.org/welcometoriss/
  • A short inception note to the KTIF Secretariat must be provided before submitting a full application.

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.

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