Now Calling for Nominations

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research seeks outstanding early career nominees for the 2017 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. Nominees will compete for up to 10 awards, with each awardee receiving up to $600,000 total over three years.

FFAR created the New Innovator Award to help support the next generation of food and agriculture scientists who will spur future innovation to meet the needs of a growing global population. The Award funds promising individuals pursuing research with potential to sustainably enhance agricultural production or improve health through food.


Institutions of higher education, other nonprofit research institutions and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are encouraged to nominate up to two candidates for the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research award. Nominees must be within the first three years of his or her tenure-track or equivalent faculty career. Preference will be given to individuals near the onset of their independent research careers.  To facilitate a single institutional submission, FFAR recommends nominations be submitted through the organization’s Office of Sponsored Programs or a similar central office.


  • Nominations Due: February 28, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Eligible Nominees Invited to Apply: by March 10, 2017
  • Applications Due: April 21, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. EST

Nomination Instructions

The Importance of Supporting New Innovators

• Investing a substantial amount in faculty members within the first three years of their careers will allow them to pursue innovative and transformational ideas uninhibited by the pressure of identifying their next grant.
• Funding early career faculty is one important way to cultivate a creative workforce who will train, encourage, and inspire future generations of agricultural and food scientists.
• This award is an important step in making agriculture an attractive field for aspiring scientists, whose need to “follow the money” often leads them to direct their research away from agriculture.

Meet the 2016 New Innovator Award Winners

Join the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in supporting the next generation of food and agriculture scientists. 

If you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsoring partner in this effort, please email Renée Bullion, Director of Development.

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