Vision and Mission
We build unique partnerships to support innovative science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges.
With 9.7 billion people projected to populate the world by 2050, our food system must evolve. Sustainably nourishing the growing global community demands transformative discoveries from the best and brightest scientists. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research brings together leading experts to identify and investigate the researchable questions whose answers have the potential to enhance the economic and environmental resilience of our food supply.
We envision a world in which ever-innovating and collaborative science provides every person access to affordable, nutritious food grown on thriving farms.
We believe that by working together, our vibrant research community of nonprofits, foundations, governments, individual researchers and producers, colleges and universities, and companies can support and implement the science we need to meet our common goal: to grow enough food, in an economically, environmentally, and sustainable way, to nourish the growing US and global population that are food insecure. Part of our role in this collaborative effort is to convene individuals and groups who can pool creative ideas, expertise and resources so that we can make a difference, together.
As a developing organization, grounding our growth in shared beliefs is critical to success. Our commitment to excellence, people and partnerships, innovation and integrity are at the root of who we are, what we do, and how we work.
We support science that shows potential to propel food and agriculture forward with real-world results. We strive to work effectively, operate nimbly, and respond rapidly to emerging challenges that can be addressed through research. We constantly seek scientific opportunities that can be seized for the benefit of the food and agriculture system.
People and Partnership
We need not only brilliant minds, but also fresh perspectives tackling today’s challenges in food and agriculture. We embrace diversity and promote inclusiveness in all we do, from the teams we build to the grantees we support.
Our research programs incorporate stakeholder input to drive outcomes that are not just scientifically sound, but also economically viable. We work to create opportunities where they didn’t exist before.
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research partnerships are built on trust, shared goals, and the knowledge that we can accomplish more together with our partners than we would alone.
With each project, we survey the field for research and development needs that are not being met elsewhere. We strive to catalyze transformative, real-world results and to do so, we welcome creative partnership models and research designs that challenge the status quo to produce knowledge that benefits end users.
Commitment to high ethical and professional standards is the foundation for all we do. We hold ourselves accountable to the public we serve by honoring fair, transparent policies and processes and seeking stakeholder input frequently. We are responsible stewards of public funds and the public trust.
We base research priorities on sound science, broad input and the potential for public benefit. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research supports the best science regardless of the source by adhering to a merit-based review process.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research welcomes potential research concepts from all sources. Depending on the state of science in your area of interest, your research concept may be primed for pursuit through a competitive grant program, a prize or challenge, or further exploration through a convening of experts. Upon review of the concept for alignment with FFAR’s program development criteria, FFAR may respond in one of the following ways:
» Develop the concept into a competitive research program or prize.
» Incorporate the concept into a program that is under development.
» Should the FFAR staff determine that the research concept does not align with current priorities and available funding, the concept will remain in our database for future consideration. As potential opportunities arise, we may connect you with groups pursuing similar goals. If you would prefer that your interest in a particular area remain confidential, you may opt out below.
Share Here: Concept Portal
Note: This is not a grant application, but rather a way for FFAR to receive concepts to be considered for development into research program areas. Receipt of a research concept does not bind FFAR to launching programs in that area nor entitle the submitter to receive funds from FFAR should a program be launched in that area. For further details regarding the process by which FFAR receives, evaluates, and develops concepts, please visit this page. Should the FFAR staff be interested in discussing a research concept, we typically respond within 30 days.
What happens next?
The FFAR Board of Directors includes 19 voting members, and five ex-officio members designated by Congress. FFAR’s non-voting ex officio members are the stewards of the Foundation’s close partnerships with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Specifically, these members provide insight into the federal research enterprise and ensure that FFAR’s work complements USDA and NSF research.
Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum chairs the FFAR board, which includes the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
The voting members on FFAR’s inaugural board were selected from lists of nominees provided by industry and the National Academy of Sciences.
Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Director, MSU AgBioResearch and Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Former Senior Advisor and Vice President for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Sustainable and Community-Based Food Systems
Deputy Director, Agricultural Research and Development
Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global R&D
Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering
Corporate Vice President, Research and Development
Founder and CEO
Regents Professor Emeritus, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
Professor of Neurology and Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Professor Emeritus of the Food Animal Health Research Program of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
Ex Officio Board Members
Meeting and sustaining the growing global demand for food will require a scientific workforce committed to innovating the way food is grown, processed, and distributed. 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.
The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award is designed to provide the early investment needed to launch new faculty members into successful scientific careers in food and agriculture. 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. The New Innovator Award seeks to promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on problems facing food and agriculture.Print This Page