FFAR Seeks Pre-Proposal Applications for 2019 Seeding Solutions Grants

Seeding Solutions Pre-Proposals Accepted Through April 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) – For the third consecutive year, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is excited to open applications for Seeding Solutions, its flagship competitive grant program. Seeding Solutions Grants are an open call for innovative research projects that support one of FFAR’s Challenge Areas.

“Every year we are amazed by the breadth of Seeding Solutions proposals that creatively tackle the most pressing challenges in food and agriculture,” said Sally Rockey, FFAR’s executive director. “FFAR is eager to invest in today’s pioneering ideas that have the potential to transform our food and agriculture system tomorrow.”

The Seeding Solutions Grant program emphasizes the importance of fostering unique partnerships, requiring applicants to secure matching funds from non-federal sources, including but not limited to, private sector, non-profits, commodity and trade groups, state governments and/or other groups not traditionally affiliated with the agriculture industry. FFAR is accepting pre-proposals for the 2019 Seeding Solutions funding opportunity through April 19, 2019. More information about the grant application process is available on the Seeding Solutions Grant website.

“Solving food and agriculture’s most intractable problems is a primary focus for us at FFAR, but it’s only half the challenge. The other half is getting these solutions to farmers and producers who can benefit from them. The Seeding Solutions Grants are designed to both research the solutions and work with partners to develop them to scale. This twofold objective is why these projects have the potential for major impact,” said Rockey.

FFAR awarded nearly $8 million to innovative projects during the 2017 Seeding Solutions program, which when matched, invested $16.6 million in agricultural research and innovation.

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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization originally established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today's food and agriculture challenges.  FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. The FFAR Board of Directors is chaired by Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Ph.D., and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.

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