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You are required to complete a standard AHDB proposal form for funding requests for Research and/or KE activities that do not fall under the procurement of goods and services. A complete set of guidelines and the relevant proposal forms are found below, please download them and submit them to on completion.



AHDB publishes contract opportunities over £25,000 on Contracts Finder. This is where suppliers can search for contract information on goods and services across the public sector. Suppliers are encouraged to register on Contracts Finder:

Current opportunities on Contracts Finder-


Contract opportunities may also be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) if the contract value exceeds financial thresholds (currently £173,000).

However research and development (R&D) opportunities do not always have to be advertised in this way and may be found below.


AHDB Dairy supply chain efficiency project looking at milk processing costs


AHDB Dairy’s strategic aspiration includes a desire to stimulate supply chain improvements and efficiencies by comparing domestic and global performance pre and post farm gate to learn from the best in the world. This will enable the industry to better understand its competitive position, and where to target collective effort, in order to compete in a post-Brexit environment.

AHDB has offered benchmarking tools to dairy farmers for a number of years, but there continues to be an information gap for the remainder of the supply chain. This project looks to help build understanding of the milk processing costs, and what influences them.


Covering the following key dairy products:

1. Cheddar cheese, whey and cream

2. Butter and skimmed milk powder

3. Liquid milk (in plastic polybottles) and cream

The project will determine what is achievable as “best in class” in terms of key cost drivers and product yields for milk processors. It will then compare how GB milk processors, and key non-GB competitors, are performing compared with that “best in class”, focusing on the factors that are limiting efficiency.

For more information, and to apply, please click here

The deadline for receipt of submissions is Thursday 19th January 2017


AHDB Horticulture Cross Panel Research and Development and Knowledge Transfer Call for Proposals: SCEPTRE+ - Research for sustainable plant protection products for us in horticulture
Purpose/Primary Objective

The aim of the project is to deliver applied research on high priority disease, pest and weed problems in fresh produce and ornamental crops in order to support approval of products and devise and develop IPM programmes.


SCEPTRE+ will cover all horticulture crops both edible and non-edible across the 6 panels (Field Vegetables, Soft Fruit, Tree Fruit, Protected Edibles and Mushrooms, Hardy Nursery Stock and Protected Ornamentals, bulbs and outdoor flowers).  All panel priority documents have crop protection as their highest priority and all levy payers are impacted to a certain degree.  Therefore this project should give benefit to all horticultural growers.

In SCEPTRE+ we propose to carry out a number of trials based on priority areas identified by growers and also from the Gap analysis that was conducted for horticulture in 2015/16 by AHDB.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

The deadline for submissions to this call is midday, Friday 17 February 2017.


AHDB Crop Nutrient Management and Planning Research Call

In November 2014 AHDB took on responsibility and ownership of the Fertiliser Manual (RB209), and subsequently AHDB set up a ‘UK Partnership for R&KE on Crop Nutrient Management’, comprising UK organisations which fund research and/or knowledge exchange in this area. A comprehensive review on nutrient research in the past 7 years (2008-2015) was conducted to revise the Fertiliser Manual (RB209).  The review and the UK Partnership has identified knowledge gaps, and the key ones will henceforth form the basis for future research and revisions of the Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Key knowledge gaps identified include the nutritional requirements (nitrogen and sulphur fertilisation) of spring malting barley, to achieve stringent grain N% set by malting industry and optimisation of N for different potato determinacy groups.

Scope of the Call

This call aims to provide the evidence base for nutrients (N and S) requirements for spring barley and potato crops, which will form the bases for the future revision of RB209. Further, a complementary programme of knowledge exchange (KE) activities is also undertaken in all cases, hence, applicants are asked to present KE approaches which will be implemented during the project for effective communication with the levy payers.

Call objectives

  • To optimise N timing and rates to meet the malting specifications in spring barley and the role of S fertilisation in achieving these specifications.
  • Assessment of varietal response to different N and S fertilisation rates and timing on yield and quality parameters of spring malting barley.
  • To optimise N rates through the development of protocols for the rapid and objective allocation of potato varieties into determinacy groups.
  • To improve guidance on the application of sulphur containing fertilisers to potatoes.
  • To update relevant sections of the Nutrient Management Guide (RB209).

For further details, please refer to the call specification document

The deadline for submissions to this call is midday, Monday 30th January.


Design and implementation by multiple funding organisations of a promotion campaign for lamb across multiple markets

AHDB has been working with it Irish and French counterparts over the last 3 years to promote European Sheep meat in the UK and other EU markets with the support of EU promotional funding. In order to continue this work and further develop it in other Member States the consortium, which has now expanded to include Spain and Hungary, is looking to submit a new application for EU co-funding and, to this end, is seeking to appoint an agency to design and implement a lamb promotion campaign across the French, British, Irish, Spanish, German and Hungarian markets through an EU tender process. The overall annual budget for the campaign (including agency fees), will be between ?3.3 million and ?3,4million per year maximum, 80% of which will be funded by the EU. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a major multi-country promotional campaign.

Details of the call for applications are contained here but applicants should note the following:-

1) The latest date and place for bid submission is 11am on 17 January 2017.

2) Tender applications are to be sent by registered post with acknowledgement of receipt or hand-delivered in return for a receipt to INTERBEV OVINS, Tour Mattéi, 16e étage, 207 rue de Bercy, 75587 PARIS Cedex 12.

3) The agency proposal must be submitted in English AND in French. The proposal presentation must be given in English.

4) All bids must be marked: “Appel à candidature / Campagne Européenne AGNEAU” (Call for bids, European lamb campaign)

5) Any application received after this date (whether by standard post, registered post, express post, courier or any other means) will not be taken into account by the tenderers.

6) The agency should ensure that its application is successfully delivered before the closing date for acceptance.”

Please do not return any submissions to AHDB as they will not be forwarded on.


AHDB Horticulture Cross Panel Research and Development and Knowledge Transfer Call for Proposals: Review of Bacterial pathogens of economic importance to UK crops

Purpose/Primary Objective

A wide range of UK crops are affected by bacterial pathogens. AHDB wish to commission a review to collate information on the most economically important of these, and an evaluation the most up-to-date literature for control options.

The review output will be used by AHDB to shape future work on disease management of crops.


The review should cover all crops for which AHDB collect a levy across Horticulture, Cereals & Oilseeds and Potatoes. Notable exceptions are: vines, hops and sugar beet which are beyond the scope of this review.

Bacterial pathogens of seed, propagation, glasshouse, field and storage components of the crop production system for crops should be included.

Bacterial contaminants of crops which have potential impact on human health are beyond the scope of this review.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 30/01/2016



In line with Government requirements, AHDB has published information regarding contracts and frameworks over £25,000 in value that have been awarded since 1/5/2011. To view this information please download the document below.

Contracts Register - December 2016 (Excel document)

Contracts Register - December 2016 (csv document)

The register will be updated frequently and will include any new contracts that have been agreed.

Should you require more information, please email Procurement on

AHDB will be procuring other supplies and services. These will also be added to this site.



AHDB’s levy money can only be used in accordance with EU State aid rules. Various schemes covering such activities have been submitted to the European Commission, which enforces the rules. The schemes are described in the links below.