The Protein Challenge Area aims to sustainably increase the production of high quality protein to meet current and future demands. This Challenge Area will target research that includes, but is not limited to, improving the efficiency of protein production for human or animal consumption, developing alternative protein sources that can create new economic opportunities for producers, enhancing the production of protein-rich plants, reducing the environmental impact of food animal production, and innovative biological and management approaches to preventing and controlling infectious diseases and reducing reliance on medically-important antibiotics.

Current Programs

Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare

The Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare initiative is a new program at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to support farm animal welfare research. Animal welfare research plays a critical role in the development and continuing improvement of sustainable livestock production, with potential to improve animal lives, food quality, farm-laborer work environments and the relationship between our society and the food we eat.

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Review request for proposals (RFA) within the Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare initiative.


Sustainable American Aquaculture

The Sustainable American Aquaculture program is intended to advance innovative research in sustainable fish and shellfish production. Aquaculture has the potential to provide millions of Americans with nutritious foods while contributing to the economic health of communities across the country. Scientific research in this area has typically been funded at low levels compared to other agricultural commodities, however as the industry grows, research will play a critical role in understanding the biology and marketability of a variety of fish and shellfish species and in developing environmentally-friendly practices that sustain production.

The objective of this RFA is to stimulate innovative research in farmed production of fish and shellfish, providing economic opportunities to U.S. farmers and increasing the supply of domestically-produced, nutritious foods to meet growing consumer demand. There is a major need to understand the biological and technological barriers, and market potential for a diverse range of aquatic species. In addition, research focused on understanding and minimizing potential environmental impacts of aquaculture production will be key to public acceptance of farmed fish and shellfish products, an important consideration for long-term industry success.

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Pre-proposal submission opens July 10, 2017.


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