WASHINGTON (January 22, 2020)—FFAR is now accepting pre-proposal applications for the 2020 Seeding Solutions Grant Program, the Foundation’s flagship competitive program that funds research solutions in FFAR’s six Challenge Areas in collaboration with unique partners. Every year, FFAR funds at least one proposal in each Challenge Area, awarding grantees up to $1 million.
“Now in its fourth consecutive year, Seeding Solutions provides food and agriculture researchers the opportunity to explore creative solutions to some of the industry’s most pressing challenges,” said FFAR’s Executive Director Sally Rockey. “We promote technological innovations in this program and consistently fund the best research that explore remarkable agricultural issues across the range of our Challenge areas.”
Seeding Solutions grantees are required to provide matching funds from non-federal sources and identify an innovation that addresses an intractable problem in food and agriculture within one of FFAR’s Challenge areas. Successful applications will also serve the public by making data open and accessible.
The deadline to submit pre-proposals is February 26, 2020. Full application criteria and eligibility requirements are available on the Seeding Solutions Grant Program website.
FFAR awarded $9.7 million in 2018 Seeding Solutions Grant Program funding, which was matched by outside funders for a total investment of nearly $20 million in agricultural innovation. The 2019 Seeding Solutions grantees will be announced this spring.
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.