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New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

Grants to USA Researchers to Advance
Careers in Scientific Research

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Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR)

LOI Date:

03/03/21

Deadline Date:

05/05/21 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA researchers at qualified institutions for research projects related to food availability and sustainable agriculture. Institutions must submit a nomination prior to submitting a full proposal. The purpose of the program is to support opportunities for career advancement for outstanding early-career investigators.

The Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2021 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. With this program, FFAR intends to support and promote the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new faculty who are conducting critical and highly innovative research, and are establishing research programs that will lead to expanded availability of food and facilitate the global practice of sustainable agriculture as the world’s population grows to more than nine billion people by the year 2050. 

The New Innovator Award seeks to promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on problems facing food and agriculture. Within the scope of the New Innovator Program, investigators will have the freedom to explore new avenues of inquiry that arise during their research. It is expected that through this program investigators will have the ability to pursue highly creative ideas, to firmly establish their early lines of research into important food and agriculture scientific areas and provide stability in funding during their critical early career years by reducing the time spent on writing applications.

FFAR anticipates funding awards in the FFAR Challenge Areas:

  • Soil Health
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Next Generation Crops
  • Advanced Animal Systems
  • Urban Food Systems
  • Health-Agriculture Nexus

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167764

Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: Up to ten (10) awards. The actual number of awards will depend on the quality and budgets of successful proposals.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each applicant can receive from FFAR up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of three years totaling $450,000 investment.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Award Duration: Up to 36 months. Applicants may ask for a longer duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Institutions
- U.S. Institutions of Higher Education: Public/State controlled institutions and Private institutions
- U.S. Nonprofit Research Institutions
- U.S. Department of Agriculture

In keeping with FFAR goals to reach a diverse and broad range of institutions and individuals who participate in its programs, the following types of higher education institutions are encouraged to apply for FFAR programs:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- 1890s Land Grant Institutions and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

Eligible Individuals: Faculty members at eligible institutions with the creative ideas, skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research program as Principal Investigator are invited to work with their institution to develop an application for support. The nominated faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2017 for a tenure-track or equivalent position and may work in any discipline or any department within the institution. Preference will be given to individuals near the onset of their independent research career and who are within eight (8) years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Individuals with significant research experience prior to obtaining their faculty position will not be considered for this award.

Unrecovered indirect cost is not permitted. Construction and renovation costs are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates & Information
- Nomination Period Open: January 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET. Nominations must be made by the nominee’s institution. Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Nominations Due: March 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET
- Nominees invited to submit full proposals: March 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET. Open only to individuals nominated by their institutions.
- Full Applications Due: May 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET
- Anticipated Award Date: Late summer 2021.

Once nominations are reviewed by FFAR, only nominated individuals listed as principal investigator and meeting eligibility criteria will be invited to submit full applications. Nominees may submit an application only after receiving an invitation through the Grant Management System. Full proposal application receipt for nominees will be open on March 24, 2021.

Institutions may submit one nominee to the 2021 New Innovator Award program. To coordinate and streamline submission of nominations by each institution, FFAR recommends that the nomination be submitted through the organization’s Office of Sponsored Programs or a similar central office.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted through FFAR’s online application Grant Management System: https://grants.foundationfar.org/

Scientific and Grants Questions Contact: grants@foundationfar.org

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