AgriFoRwArdS logoThe UK food chain is under unprecedented pressure and it is clear that research and development are critical to addressing the challenges it faces.

We are looking for the next generation of highly skilled researchers to explore exciting developments in advanced robotic and engineering technologies, in order to investigate the problems facing the Agri-Food sector.

AgriFoRwArdS Centre for Doctoral Training 

UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council logoFunded by the EPSRC, AgriFoRwArdS will equip the UK with the next generation of researchers. Established by the University of Lincoln, UEA and the University of Cambridge, the programme brings together the largest ever group of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) specialists for the global food and farming sectors.

The Centre brings together leading researchers with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and leading industrial partners from across the food, farming and robotics industries, including John Deere, Syngenta, G’s Growers,Beeswax Dyson, ABB, and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

Training a new generation of highly skilled researchers

The advanced training centre is providing funding and training for doctoral students, who will be supported by major industry partners and specialise in areas such as:

  • Sensing and Perception
  • Robot Vision
  • Robot and Machine Learning
  • Robot Navigation
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Systems Integration

Students accepted onto the programme by UEA will be fully funded to study for an MSc in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Lincoln in year 1, followed by a three-year PhD in our School of Computing Sciences, under the guidance of one of our highly regarded supervisors.

Funding includes a stipend at standard UKRI rates, payment of tuition fees, and funding to support training and research activities.

Eligibility and applications

Applicants should hold, or expect to gain, a 2:1 undergraduate degree or international equivalent, and must meet the admissions requirements for the MSc in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

Applications are welcomed from 1st October 2020 for entry in September 2021, and should be made via the AgriFoRwArdS website. The deadline for the first round of applications is 30 November 2020.

UEA’s academic lead for AgriFoRwArdS, Prof Richard Harvey, will hold a (virtual) briefing and Q&A session for potential applicants to AgriFoRwArdS at UEA on 29 October 2020 at 1pm (GMT). Please email for further details.

Find out more

To enquire about AgriFoRwArdS EPSRC funding at UEA, please email the support team: