InCrops, an Adapt Low Carbon Group initiative based at the University of East Anglia, has received £750,000 of additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The added money for InCrops
, which promotes innovation in alternative and non-food crops, will mean that the programme can continue until March 2015.
InCrops – or the ‘Innovation in Crops’ programme - began in 2008, when it received £4m in funding from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the European Union.
It works to develop the East of England’s low carbon economy by boosting uptake of biorenewable materials and technologies, creating jobs and working to reduce our dependency on fossil resources.
Since it began in 2008, InCrops has been highly successful, supporting over 300 small and medium sized (SMEs) businesses and enabling the creation of over 50 new jobs and 18 new start-up businesses.
As well as celebrating the extension in funding, InCrops has also added new international partners which will allow businesses in the East of England to link with universities and research centres across Europe. These world-leading organisations offer exciting opportunities for local businesses and can help with the development of new bio-renewable products and technologies.
The new partners include the University of Palermo (Sicily), Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (Germany).
John French, Adapt Low Carbon Group chief executive, said: “We are delighted with the continuing InCrops success. This funding will allow us to continue our work promoting innovation and sustainability in bio-renewables.
“This extra funding is recognition of the huge success we have enjoyed to date which, through our work supporting small businesses, has led to the creation of over 50 new jobs and 18 new start-up business in the East of England.”