Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Opens Seeding Solutions Funding Opportunity: $7 Million Available for Bold Science Addressing Food and Agriculture Challenges

Seeding Solutions Pre-Proposals to be accepted through January 16, 2017

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research today launched Seeding Solutions, a funding opportunity for researchers proposing to address one of the Foundation’s seven food and agriculture Challenge Areas, which range from making agricultural water use more efficient to promoting healthy food choices.

Prospective Seeding Solutions grantees are invited to submit a pre-proposal for up to $1 million of Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research funding, and must secure equal or greater matching funding from a non-Federal source before a grant will be awarded. The Foundation anticipates funding at least one meritorious and transformative proposal in each of its Challenge Areas: Food Waste and Loss, Healthy Soils Thriving Farms, Innovation Pathway to Sustainability, Making “My Plate” Your Plate, Protein Challenge, Urban Food Systems, and Water Scarcity.

“The breadth of proposals that the Foundation is accepting for the Seeding Solutions program leaves the door open for new and creative ways of working toward our mission to tackle some of the most monumental issues in food and agriculture,” said Sally Rockey, Ph.D., executive director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. “I look forward to supporting the bold scientific proposals that show promise of progress toward solutions in our Challenge Areas.”

The Seeding Solutions program is the first funding opportunity within the Foundation’s recently launched Challenge Areas and is just one of an array of programs and partnerships to be launched in pursuit of scientific solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in food and agriculture.

Yesterday, the Foundation announced the nine recipients of its New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award, a program that supports the next generation of food and agriculture scientists through grants to early career faculty members and the students and post-doctoral scholars who collaborate on their innovative research pursuits.

Learn more about Seeding Solutions.

Overcoming Water Scarcity

Overcoming Water Scarcity

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Agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Overcoming Water Scarcity Challenge Area addressed water use efficiency in agriculture by developing water conservation and reuse technologies, improving crop and livestock breeds, creating improved agronomic practices, increasing the social and economic tractability of conservation practices and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.

FFAR’s Sustainable Water Management Challenge Area builds on earlier work to increase water availability and water efficiency for agricultural use, reduces agricultural water pollution and develops water reuse technologies.

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area increased soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative practices that improve soil health.

The Soil Health Challenge Area advances existing research and identifies linkages between farm productivity and soil health, while also addressing barriers to the adoption of soil health practices.

Protein Challenge

Protein Challenge

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Protein Challenge Area sought to improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of diverse proteins.

The Advance Animal Systems challenge area supports sustainable animal production through environmentally sound productions practices and advancement in animal health and welfare. Additionally, the Next Generation Crops Challenge Area develops non-traditional crops, including plant-based proteins, and creates new economic opportunities for conventional crops to increase future crop diversity and farm profitability.

Food Waste and Loss

Food Waste and Loss

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About 40 percent of food in the US, or $161 billion each year, is lost or wasted. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Food and Waste Loss Challenge Area addressed the social, economic and environmental impacts from food waste and loss through research that developed of novel uses for agricultural waste, improved storage and distribution, supported tracking and monitoring, minimized spoilage through pre- and post-harvest innovations and changed behaviors to reduce food waste

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area addresses food waste and loss and supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.

Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability

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Supporting innovation is necessary for sustainable results. Over the last 50 years, farmers have tripled global food production thanks to agricultural innovations. Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability was a 2016-2018 Challenge Area that focused on understanding the barriers and processes that prevented the adoption of technology and research results into sustainable practices.

Urban Food Systems

Urban Food Systems

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The 2016-2018 Urban Food Systems Challenge Area addressed feeding urban populations through urban and peri-urban agriculture and augmenting the capabilities of our current food system.

The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area continues this work and enhances our ability to feed urban populations.

Making My Plate Your Plate

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Making My Plate Your Plate Challenge Area focused on helping Americans meet the USDA 2015 Dietary Guideline recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, including research to both produce and provide access to nutritious fruits and vegetables.

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.