Funding Opportunity

Currently Closed

To kick off FFAR’s new direction of embarking on Challenge areas, we are Seeding Solutions, a call to the community to come forward with bold, innovative, and potentially transformative research proposals in our recently launched Challenge Areas. Prospective grantees may come forward with a proposal for up to $1,000,000 of FFAR funding, and must secure 1:1 matching funding from a non-Federal source before a grant will be awarded. FFAR anticipates funding at least one meritorious and transformative proposal in each Challenge Area. Each grant will be awarded over a period of one to five years.  FFAR will continue to seek and develop additional partnerships and projects in the Challenge areas; this will serve as a first step to bringing innovative ideas to FFAR’s doorstep.


  • Monday, January 16, 2017: Pre-Proposal Deadline
  • First week of February 2017: Finalists invited to submit full proposals.
  • April 1, 2017: Proposals due;  applicants must have identified a committed partner who will provide non-federal matching funds should the proposal be selected.
  • June 1, 2017: Successful applicants notified.

Seeding Solutions Pre-Proposal Criteria

  1. Demonstrate the potential for a transformative impact within the Challenge Area.
  1. Demonstrate partnerships with different sectors (private, NGOs, governments, academia, and end users, etc.), such that research outcomes may be scalable and applicable to working food and agriculture systems.
  1. Contribute to the goal of sustainable food and agriculture, defined as practices that, “satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operation; and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.” (Food and Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603).
  1. Serve the public good by making data open and accessible to the public, creating unique economic development opportunities, and/or contributing to food and agriculture workforce development.

Plant your Seed: Download Detailed Pre-Proposal Requirements and Submission Instructions