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Rothamsted Research

Situated on a 400-hectare site in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, our campus has been home to Rothamsted Research for more than 175 years. Famous as the birthplace of man-made fertilisers, modern statistical analysis, and pyrethroid insecticides, today the Institute strives to create a world which produces more food from less land without harming the planet.

Combining globally important scientific heritage with state-of the art facilities, Rothamsted is home to the world’s longest running field experiments as well as the very latest in bioscience facilities – with expertise in bioimaging, microscopy, molecular analysis, metabolomics, proteomics, gene editing and automated field phenotyping to name just a few.

Just 30 minutes from central London by train and 20 minutes from Luton Airport by car, Rothamsted Enterprises’ tenant companies also have access to over 1000m² of glasshouse space, an environment-controlled building, containment facilities and an insectary unit that features the UK’s most extensive aphid collection.


For more details on Rothamsted Research visit their website here!


The Agri-Tech Research Innovation Accelerator

Collaborating to accelerate agri-food innovation

Accerlerating Innovation

AgRIA is an ideas proofing, fast-start : fast-stop engine, designed to help new innovations reach commercial viability by supporting the rapid testing of ideas to solve problems in agri-food. It is a hive of activities located at the centre of the Harpenden Campus in The Lawes Open Innovation Hub, part of the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, alongside companies and Centres for Agricultural Innovation.

The Models

Ideas proofing is supported by business and entrepreneurial mentors and adopts lean and agile approaches. AgRIA operates three basic models:

•Short leap projects of 6 months
•Young entrepreneur MRes and PhD projects of 1-4 years
•Longer ‘leap of faith’ projects of up to 5 years

AgRIA Short Leaps

AgRIA is a £2.7M fund to support innovation projects that bring together researchers and small businesses on a dedicated site in Hertfordshire. It is seeking to support 25 new collaborations to boost economic growth.

Short Leaps

AgRIA, supported for three years by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is led by Rothamsted Research in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, University College London, Cranfield University, Green Triangle, and RoCRE.

Total project costs can be up to a maximum of £90,150, with a minimum contribution of £21,000 from the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME). The contribution can be in the form of cash or e.g. providing a member of staff or equipment. The remaining funding is provided by ERDF and Delivery Partners.

These “short leap” projects, which will run for circa six months, are expected to cover one or more of the four highlighted themes (see below). They will be based at Rothamsted Research’s Harpenden campus, in lab units with adjoining hot desk office space; they will also have access to facilities at the University of Hertfordshire and University College London.

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Contact Information

For more information please contact Dr Adam Marinovic, Enterprise and Innovation Manager:
T: +44 (0) 1582 938 056

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