The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research welcomes potential research concepts from all sources. Depending on the state of science in your area of interest, your research concept may be primed for pursuit through a competitive grant program, a prize or challenge, or further exploration through a convening of experts. Upon review of the concept for alignment with FFAR’s program development criteria, FFAR may respond in one of the following ways:

» Develop the concept into a competitive research program or prize.

» Incorporate the concept into a program that is under development.

» Should the FFAR staff determine that the research concept does not align with current priorities and available funding, the concept will remain in our database for future consideration. As potential opportunities arise, we may connect you with groups pursuing similar goals. If you would prefer that your interest in a particular area remain confidential, you may opt out below.

Share Here: Concept Portal

Note: This is not a grant application, but rather a way for FFAR to receive concepts to be considered for development into research program areas. Receipt of a research concept does not bind FFAR to launching programs in that area nor entitle the submitter to receive funds from FFAR should a program be launched in that area. For further details regarding the process by which FFAR receives, evaluates, and develops concepts, please visit this page.  Should the FFAR staff be interested in discussing a research concept, we typically respond within 30 days.

Concept Overview: Please provide a high level overview of the research concept and the food or agriculture issue that it seeks to address. (Limit: 200 words).*

Under which FFAR Challenge Area(s) does the concept fit best?*
Forging the Innovation Pathway to SustainabilityFood Waste and LossHealthy Soils, Thriving FarmsMaking My Plate Your PlateOvercoming Water ScarcityProtein ChallengeUrban Food Systems Challenge

Potential for Public-Private Partnership: Please list potential collaborative (non-funding) partners. FFAR will keep this information confidential.

Please list either specific organizations or general types of organizations that have expressed interested in supporting this research concept. (FFAR will keep this information confidential).

Impact: Please describe the concept's potential to yield actionable outcomes that fill critical gaps in the area(s) selected above. (Limit: 125 words).*

Transformation: Please expand upon the research concept's unique potential to transform or advance the agriculture research enterprise. (Limit: 125 words).*

Innovation: Please explain how this approach, concept, or potential operating model is unique. In other words, what are you suggesting that has not been done before? (Limit: 125 words).*

Complementarity: Is the suggested type of research being done elsewhere? If so, please describe how this particular concept would complement existing research. (Limit: 100 words).*

Budget Estimate: Please type the approximate dollar amount using numerical digits only (without commas) in the box below.*

What else would you like us to know? (Limit: 200 words).

Should the FFAR staff determine that the research concept does not align with current priorities and available funding, the concept will remain in our database for future consideration. As potential opportunities arise, we may connect you with groups pursuing similar goals. If you would prefer that your interest in a particular area remain confidential, you may opt out of this potential for "matchmaking" by checking the box below.

No, do not connect me with other potential partners. I prefer to keep my interest in this area confidential.

What happens next? 

  • Please review How We Work for details on our processes, from concept development to program announcements.
  • Join our email list to be kept up to date on future opportunities to engage with FFAR.