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The objective of the Trust is to advance knowledge, understanding, practice, and competence in the application of engineering and technology to achieve sustainable agricultural, food and biological systems for the benefit of the environment and mankind.

Recent news

The Trust held a Summit in November 2023.

Presentations of this event are available here, and photographs here.

See here for a video highlighting the Trust's current and recent activities, and rationale behind the new strategy.

The Trust provides funding to enable competent individuals and organisations to pursue: 

Education, training, research and knowledge transfer.
Innovation and the application of science and technology with respect to the design, development, evaluation and construction of machines, systems and techniques.
Travel to acquire or disseminate knowledge.
The development or acquisition of new skills, techniques and capabilities.
The development and maintenance of professional competencies. (Including Membership of IAgrE (Institution of Agricultural Engineers) for students on relevant courses or research programmes.


Other Awards more than £5000, including Postgraduate Research Funding Applications should state clearly but briefly: Why is…
Other Awards less than £5000, including individual travel applications Applications should state clearly but briefly (maximum 2…
Travel Awards for Student Group Visits The trustees of the Douglas Bomford Trust are keen to support personal and professional…
Studentships  The Trustees of the Douglas Bomford Trust are keen to encourage undergraduate students, with an interest in…



Douglas Bomford descended from a long-established Worcestershire farming family, and from a branch of that family which helped pioneer the mechanisation of many basic farming operations.



Continuing the family tradition into the twentieth century with leadership in further pioneering work in engineering and mechanisation, and also in encouraging education in agricultural engineering,



He played a leading role in professional and technical bodies and was President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers from 1955 to 1957. He was closely associated with the establishment of the National College of Agricultural Engineering at Silsoe.