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Funding and Bursaries

From 2012 to 2016 the AgriFood ATP awarded over £1.5m in training bursaries to UK residents employed by a company with an R&D or manufacturing presence in the UK agrifood sector*.

From 2017 the AgriFood ATP will no longer be offering training bursaries.

The page exists for information only and is no longer applicable to course applications.


* The 'agrifood sector' is defined as 'an enterprise engaged in and/or providing services to businesses in agriculture, the manufacture of farm machinery and equipment, the processing of food and drink and the wholesale and retail activities associated with food and drink.' 

To be eligible for a bursary, participants must have been working 7 hours per week in an organisation that had a site in the United Kingdom and that meets the above criteria.

If you do not qualify for a bursary, for example if you are currently not working in the agrifood sector, or if you do not meet the residence criteria, then you may still be able to acquire funding through the AgriFood Charities Partnership (AFCP) who offer assistance in finding other sources of funding.

How did bursaries work for Postgraduate Awards?

Postgraduate Awards are our full accredited qualifications such as PGCert and MSc. Applicants can start these awards at three points throughout the academic year – September, January and April. 

50% bursaries were offered for AgriFood ATP postgraduate programmes with a start-date before the end of 2016.

Why did I need to complete a form if I wished to receive a bursary?

The AgriFood ATP used your form to check your eligibility and as a record of your bursary award. We needed to ensure both you and your company comply with eligibility requirements stipulated by our funding body (BBSRC) and the EU state aid rules. 

In order to comply with EU state aid rules both the AgriFood ATP (the bursary funder) and the bursary recipient (your company) needed to keep clear and concise records for audit purposes. 

In case of EU audit, companies must keep copies of bursary records for at least 10 years.

How many forms do I need to complete?

Each employee attending a training course will need to complete our online Course Application Form for every course they wish to gain a bursary for.

In order for us to award the maximum bursary amount, we may also ask that you or a colleague within your company complete a 'Company Information Form'. If this is required, we will email this to you after we have received your application form.

What is the likelihood that my application will be successful?

Since we started offering bursaries in January 2012, almost all companies had their bursary applications approved irrespective of their size if they were a UK based organisation.

Bursaries were offered under either the 'de minimis' rules or the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). If your company was not eligible under the de minimis scheme we calculated your level of bursary award under the GBER rules using your answers to questions in the Course Application Form and Company Information Form.

Did the bursary cover travel expenses?

Our bursaries only helped to fund the cost of the tuition fee, and did not cover extra expenses such as transport or accommodation.

Additional Documentation

pdf-icon-30x30 Bursary Allocation Policy (PDF download)

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