The Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program provides nimble deployment of funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. ROAR participants, including but not limited to university researchers, farmers or producers, commodity groups and government officials, may apply for funds in response to an outbreak for development of diagnostics, monitoring and mitigation strategies. The ROAR program fills the gap until traditional, longer-term funding sources can be secured.
Up to $150,000 per one-year grant is available from FFAR, with the requirement that recipients provide equal or greater matching funds from non-U.S. federal sources.
Please see here for more information about matching funds. Industry participation and/or funding is strongly encouraged.
How to Apply
Responding to a Pest or Pathogen Outbreak
In the event of a pest or pathogen outbreak, submit a one-page concept note to FFAR outlining (1) the research team, including academic scientists, industry representatives and/or government officials, (2) the source and amount (up to $150,000) of matching funds for the project and (3) a brief description of the pest or pathogen threat and why it should be considered for rapid funding. FFAR will use the concept note to decide whether or not to invite submission of a full application. Applications will be reviewed immediately and a decision made within approximately 1 week of submission. This process is designed so that in the case of an outbreak a research team may receive funding within days of submitting an application.
Best approach for: Teams that are in need of swift deployment of funding in response to a pest or pathogen outbreak.
Timeline: Ongoing Opportunity
The following types of organizations are invited to apply:
- Public and private institutions of higher education
- Nonprofit organizations
- For-profit organizations
Submit your concept note to Tim Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meritorious concepts will be asked to submit a full proposal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does ROAR fund weather, natural disaster or food safety response efforts?
No, ROAR funds cannot be used for weather, natural disaster or food-safety response efforts. ROAR is intended to support research and coordination in order to mitigate pre-farmgate pest or pathogen outbreaks.
Can ROAR funds be used prior to an outbreak?
Yes. Funding up to $150,000 may be made available to support development of diagnostic tools, outreach, research and other efforts to mitigate, contain or prevent a pest or pathogen outbreak. The funding amount will be determined by several criteria including the pathogenicity, geographic range, number of animals/plants impacted, economic impact and likelihood of an outbreak to occur. Funding is contingent upon the consortium providing 1:1 matching funds.
Can ROAR funds be applied for at the time of an outbreak?
Yes. Consortia are encouraged to submit a one-page concept note outlining (1) the consortium members including researchers, industry representatives and government officials, (2) the source and amount (up to $150,000) of matching funds for the project and (3) a brief description of the pest or pathogen threat and why it should be considered for rapid funding. The consortium must designate a lead organization to enter into the potential grant agreement with FFAR. Based upon the concept note, FFAR may invite the consortium to submit an application for the ROAR program. Once the application is submitted, FFAR will review the application within one week of submission. If awarded, FFAR will disburse funds within 2 days of rendering of decision. Applications up to $150,000 will be considered.
Who can provide matching funds?
FFAR accepts state, university, industry and private sources of 1:1 matching funds. Money originating from the U.S. Federal Government cannot be used as a source of matching funds by FFAR, however can still be used to supplement the budget for a ROAR project.
Can Federally-funded groups participate in ROAR?
Yes, Federally-funded groups can participate as part of the ROAR consortia and can contribute financially to FFAR’s research programs; however these funds cannot be used as a match for the release of FFAR funds. Non-Federal dollars must be included as a source of matching funds.
May members of a consortium participate in more than one consortium?
Can a consortium apply for funds in response to more than one emerging pest or pathogen?
No, a consortium may only apply for funding to address one pest/pathogen issue per year.