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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, Research Agencies, and Educational Institutions for Agriculture and Food Research

Seeding Solutions

GrantWatch ID# 194503
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/08/23
Deadline: 06/28/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and research agencies for research related to agriculture and food. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full proposal. Areas of focus include soil health, sustainable water management, next generation crops, advanced animal systems, urban food systems, health-agriculture nexus, and AgMission.

For further information on challenge areas, see

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) announces the 2023 Seeding Solutions program and invites applications for innovative and transformative research to benefit farmers, consumers, and the environment. FFAR seeks projects that foster innovation with the potential for transformative impact within FFAR's Challenge Areas and AgMission Initiative. Applications that address the following will receive preference: 

  1. Contribute to the goal of sustainable food and agriculture
  2. Accelerate innovation within FFAR’s Challenge Areas and AgMission 
  3. Address an aspect of the following Challenge Area or AgMission priorities.
  4. Demonstrate fully integrated partnerships with different sectors so research outcomes may be scalable and applicable to food and agriculture systems. 
  5. Uphold FFAR’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by seeking unique perspectives through participatory stakeholder engagement and developing results to serve the diverse stakeholders committed to addressing challenges related to food supply and agricultural sustainability. 
  6. Serve the public good by making data open and accessible to the public, creating unique economic development opportunities, or contributing to food and agriculture workforce development.

For additional information on the above, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research welcomes applications from all domestic and international higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and U.S. government-affiliated research agencies.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) may apply to the Seeding Solutions program through their home institution or organization.

FFAR will not support research that addresses a challenge primarily limited to another country or region outside the U.S. or where the technology or solution is not broadly relevant to the U.S.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates & Information:
- Pre-Application Open: January 25, 2023, at 12:00 pm ET
- Pre-Applications Due: March 8, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET An approved pre-application with an invitation to submit a full application is required for submission.
- Full Application Receipt Open: April 26, 2023, at 12:00 PM ET
- Full Applications Due: June 28, 2023, by 5:00 PM ET
- Award Notification: Fall 2023
- Anticipated Project Start Date: Early 2024

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Scientific Program Director of the appropriate Challenge Area of interest to hone ideas before submitting a pre-application.

All grants require matching contributions equal to or greater than the FFAR funding request.

Applicant Forms & Examples:

Challenge Areas:


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to ten awards

Estimated Size of Grant
Individual awards will range from $300,000 to $1 million.

Term of Contract
All projects must have planned durations ranging between 12 and 60 months.
Anticipated Project Start Date: Early 2024

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Scientific Program Directors:
- Soil Health: LaKisha Odom (
- Sustainable Water Management: Kathleen Boomer (
- Next Generation Crops: Jeff Rosichan (
- Advanced Animal Systems: Nikki Dutta (
- Health and Agriculture Nexus: Rebecca Gyawu (
- Urban Food Systems: John Reich (
- AgMission: Allison Thomson (

For questions related to the Seeding Solutions grant program and for questions related to the online submission system, please contact FFAR’s Grant Team at

Technical Help Contact:

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research Offices
401 9th Street NW
Suite 630
Washington DC 20004

The main office phone number is 202-624-0700.

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