About ROAR

Open for Participation

Program Overview

The Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program, created by FFAR, provides nimble deployment of funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. ROAR participants, including but not limited to university researchers, farmers or producers, commodity groups and government officials, may apply for funds prior to an outbreak for development of diagnostics, monitoring and mitigation strategies, or enter into an agreement with FFAR that enables the quick release of funds should an outbreak occur. In this way, the ROAR program supports pre-outbreak efforts, and in the case of an outbreak, fills the gap until traditional, longer-term funding sources can be secured.

Up to $150,000 per one-year grant is available from FFAR, with the requirement that recipients provide equal or greater matching funds from non-U.S. federal sources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The following types of organizations are invited to apply:

Public and private institutions of higher education

Nonprofit organizations

For-profit organizations


Please contact:
Dr. Tim Kurt
Scientific Program Director
tkurt@foundationfar.org | 202.816.1884

Two Ways to Participate

1. Responding to a Pest or Pathogen Outbreak

Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with FFAR in anticipation of a future outbreak. The agreement is designed to complete logistical agreements so that, if a qualifying emergency event occurs, the consortia may rapidly double their response budget (up to $150,000).

Best approach for:

Consortia who are not yet facing an emergency that would prompt research and outreach efforts now, but who would like to take the precaution of entering into an agreement with FFAR. The agreement lays the groundwork in advance to clear the way for swift deployment of funding in the event of a pest or pathogen outbreak. 


Ongoing Opportunity


2. Preparing for a Pest or Pathogen Outbreak

Apply by May 1 for funding to develop diagnostics, monitoring and mitigation strategies, and other tools prior to a pest or pathogen outbreak.

Best approach for:
Consortia who see a gap in preparedness for a likely or anticipated future pest or pathogen emergency.


Cycle 1 Posted Date: February 17

Cycle 1 Proposal Deadline: May 1


Apply to Join ROAR

How to Apply

Log on to Proposal Central. Under “Grant Opportunities,” select “Filter by Grant Maker,” select “Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research” and click “Apply Now” next to “ROAR.” 

Prepare to Apply: Download ROAR Proposal Template

Please note: All pre-proposals MUST be submitted through Proposal Central. Template above is provided for reference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ROAR fund weather, natural disaster or food safety response efforts?

No, ROAR funds cannot be used for weather, natural disaster or food-safety response efforts. ROAR is intended to support research and coordination in order to mitigate pre-farmgate pest or pathogen outbreaks.

Can ROAR funds be used prior to an outbreak?

Yes. Funding up to $150,000 may be made available to support development of diagnostic tools, outreach, research and other efforts to mitigate, contain or prevent a pest or pathogen outbreak. The funding amount will be determined by several criteria including the pathogenicity, geographic range, number of animals/plants impacted, economic impact and likelihood of an outbreak to occur. Funding is contingent upon the consortium providing 1:1 matching funds (question 5).

Can ROAR funds be applied for at the time of an outbreak?

Yes. Consortia are encouraged to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with FFAR that will enable the quick release of funds in the event of a pest or pathogen outbreak of regional or national importance. At the time of an outbreak, consortia submit a proposal that FFAR will review within one week of submission. If awarded, FFAR will disburse funds within 2 days of rendering of decision. Proposals up to $150,000 will be considered.

Who can provide matching funds?

FFAR accepts non-U.S. federal (including state, university, industry and private) sources of 1:1 matching funds. U.S. federal funds cannot be used as a source of matching funds by FFAR, but may supplement the budget for a ROAR project.

Can Federally-funded groups participate in ROAR?

Yes, Federally-funded groups can participate as part of the ROAR consortia and can contribute financially to FFAR’s research programs; however these funds cannot be used as a match for the release of FFAR funds. Non-U.S. federal dollars must be included as a source of matching funds.

May members of a consortium participate in more than one consortium?


Can a consortium apply for funds in response to more than one emerging pest or pathogen?

No, a consortium may only apply for funding to address one pest/pathogen issue per year.