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Barley Fields

Targeting R&D investment to transform farming on the ground

Farming needs to change fast to meet the challenges of our time, including tackling climate change (UK farming aiming for net zero by 2040), loss of biodiversity and food-related illness, the need to reduce some inputs, and ensuring resilient and secure food supply chains.

Accelerating and better targeting innovation is an urgent priority.


Five of England's top agricultural universities have come together to create a virtual centre of expertise supported by the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust. 


The CEIA works to ensure agricultural and horticultural research supports practical innovation that is relevant to the future challenges faced in farming, ensuring impact at the scale and pace those challenges demand.


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Centre Specialists

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Professor Karl Behrendt


Harper Adams University

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Professor Tom MacMillan


Royal Agricultural University


Kayleigh Crouch

Research & Policy Officer

Royal Agricultural University


Associate Professor Jessica Martin


Newcastle University


Professor Murray Grant


University of Warwick

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Dr Kate Pressland

CEIA Manager

Royal Agricultural University

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Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer


Harper Adams University


Professor Rosemary Collier

Associate Board Member

University of Warwick

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What We Do


Provide support to funders, policymakers, researchers and industry on impactful R&D project and programme development.

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Community of Interest

Build a network of funders and researchers who are passionate about the impact and uptake of innovation.

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Knowledge Base

Collate evidence on effective R&D models, and evaluate the success of farm innovation driven by public and private investment.

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Best Practice

Identifying best practice in R&D and demonstrating academic leadership in innovation impact through research collaborations.

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