Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research: Seeding Solutions
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) brings together experts to identify and investigate the researchable questions whose answers have the potential to enhance the economic and environmental resilience of the food supply. Seeding Solutions is a funding opportunity that encourage the development of unique partnerships that support innovative and potentially transformative research. Projects should contribute to the goal of sustainable food and agriculture, defined as practices that, “satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operation; and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole” (Food and Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990). Projects must be focused on one of FFAR’s challenge areas:
- Health-Agriculture Nexus
- Advanced Animal Systems
- Sustainable Water Management
- Soil Health
- Next Generation Crops
- Urban Food Systems
Applications must describe transformative research that addresses and provides solutions to an intractable problem and accelerates innovation within FFAR’s Challenge Areas. FFAR defines innovation in three categories:
- Applied innovation: Application and validation of new or emerging technologies, processes, or management strategies to address major challenges in food and agriculture
- Re-imagined innovation: Adaptation of existing technologies, processes, or management strategies for use in entirely new agricultural applications
- Radical innovation: Development of new technologies, software, algorithms, methodology, or products
Amount: Grants range between $300,000-$1,000,0000. At least one award will be made in each challenge area. The project period is 12-60 months.
Eligibility: U.S. Institutions of Higher Education, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government-affiliated researchers, and domestic and international organizations.
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