The R&D budget covers funded R&D projects, postgraduate student awards and some on-going industry support activities.  The majority of funding is allocated through calls and tenders.

Within the R&D project spend, it is recognised that any R&D strategy cannot define all the possible issues that will arise within a given time frame.  Also, a very prescriptive strategy would run the risk of excluding innovative ideas of potential benefit to the industry.  The R&D budget allows for some reactive funding.

Currently open opportunities can be accessed at the link below.  Over a cycle of 3-5 years, the proportion of the R&D spend on beef and sheep related activity will be balanced to match the levy income.


Process for application for research funding

The link below will take you to a full explanation of the application process.  Please ensure that all requirements are followed to avoid any delay in submitting to the AHDB Beef & Lamb R&D Committee.

Forms for applying for R&KE funding and a guidance document can be found on the procurement page of the main AHDB website. Please click here to access them.  Please use the latest forms and not downloaded copies of old forms, which could result in your application being rejected.   AHDB Terms and Conditions can also be found on this page.


Submission deadline dates

Unless stated otherwise on Calls for Proposals and Invitations to Tender, the submission deadlines are:

Deadlines: For Committee consideration on:
Wed 08 January 2020 Thu 27 February 2020
Wed 01 April 2020 Wed 20 May 2020
Wed 22 July 2020 Tue 08 September 2020
Wed 07 October 2020 Wed 25 November 2020


Proposals/Outline Proposals

If you are seeking research funding other than in response to a call or invitation to tender, you must ensure it meets  AHDB Beef and Lamb’s R&D priorities, and you are strongly advised to speak to a member of the staff team before developing a proposal.


Constraints on types of research undertaken

As a general rule, the AHDB Beef & Lamb Board has decided that AHDB Beef & Lamb R&D will not support the evaluation of commercial products.  A detailed policy has been agreed by the R&D Committee, which can be found below:

If you would like to be kept up to date on AHDB Beef & Lamb proposal calls, please forward your contact details to , thank you.