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Grants to USA Researchers for Research Related to Food Availability and Sustainable Agriculture

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

GrantWatch ID# 167764
Agency: Foundation

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Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/22/23
Deadline: 05/03/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA researchers at qualified institutions for research projects related to food availability and sustainable agriculture. Applicants must be nominated by their institution prior to applying. The purpose of the program is to support opportunities for career advancement for outstanding early-career investigators.

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2023 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award (NIA). 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. Therefore, FFAR is interested in the program of research to be explored and its impact as opposed to a list of very specific aims. 

It is expected that through this program investigators will have the ability to pursue highly creative ideas, 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 no more than ten (10) awards in the FFAR Challenge Areas below or FFAR’s initiative to address climate change, AgMission:

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

For more information about the Challenge Areas, see:


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, 2019 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 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm ET
- Nominations Due: February 22, 2023 at 5:00 pm ET
- Nominations must be submitted through FFAR’s Grants Portal.
- Nominees invited to submit full proposals: March 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm ET
- Open only to individuals nominated by their institutions.
- Full Applications Due: May 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm ET

Anticipated Award Date: Fall 2023

Institutions may submit one nominee to the New Innovator Award program.

Number of Grants
Anticipated 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.

Contact Information
Submit a Nomination Online:

All Scientific and Grants questions must be emailed to

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