Egg Tech Informational Webinar - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Webinar Video

About the Egg-Tech Prize

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is seeking applications for the Egg-Tech Prize, a groundbreaking initiative that seeks to revolutionize global egg production by preventing the culling of male chicks. FFAR and the Open Philanthropy Project have teamed up to offer up to $6 million to the firm, group, or individual who successfully develops technology that can accurately and rapidly determine a chick’s sex as early as possible in the egg production process.

Several billion layer chicks are hatched each year to supply the world’s eggs, with demand expected to rise in coming years. Egg industry workers are currently only able to identify a chick’s sex after it hatches. For the 6 billion laying hens hatched each year worldwide, a similar number of male chicks are produced that never make it to market. The male chicks cannot lay eggs and are unsuitable for consumption due to poor growth performance and meat quality. As there is no need for the male chicks, they are culled, a practice known as male chick culling. This practice not only creates major challenges for animal welfare, but it also results in lost-opportunity costs that hinder farm profitability.

Key Dates & Important Information

Phase I: Seed Funding

Objective: Explore new ideas or significant improvements of existing technology
Number of Anticipated Awards: 0-5
Maximum Request: $400,000 per project
Application Due Date: May 15, 2019
Anticipated Project Start Date: Fall 2019
Project Duration: 12-24 Months

Phase II: Prize Competition - Final Criteria Now Available

Objective: Develop and validate working prototypes that meet the Phase II criteria (see RFA for full details)
Number of Anticipated Awards: 1
Award amount: Up to $4,500,000
1st Window for Application Consideration: Spring 2021
Program Closes: Winter 2021

The Egg-Tech Prize encourages the development of innovative technologies that will determine a chick’s sex prior to incubation, which may allow male eggs to be directed into the food supply or vaccine production.

The Prize will also foster competition and build momentum to support scientific breakthroughs, from concept to prototype development, to provide practical solutions for the egg industry.

This prize is broken out into two distinct phases:

Phase I: Seed Funding is open for concept submissions from March 20, 2019 through May 15, 2019. Phase I provides funding to develop the necessary technology to compete in Phase II. FFAR anticipates granting up to five awards in November 2019.

Phase II: Prize Competition, details now available here.  Submissions for consideration can be made in early 2021

The objective of Phase II is to develop and validate a working prototype that meets the criteria published in late 2019. Participation in Phase II of the competition does not require that a Research Team apply for or receive an award in Phase I.

Application Submission Guidelines

Egg-Tech Prize applications must be completed and submitted through FFAR’s online grant management system.

If you are a new user, register for an account by clicking the green “Register” button at the top right corner of the home page. You will receive a confirmation email to activate your account before you can sign-in to your account. Once you log in, click on the corresponding program to start your application.

Only applications submitted through this portal will be considered eligible for evaluation. FFAR will not accept applications submitted by any other medium. There is a two-hour grace period for all deadlines. Applications that are not submitted by the deadline or within the grace period will not be accepted.


Any domestic or international public or private institution, consortium, non-profit organization, for-profit company, tribal government entity or any combination of the above is eligible to apply.

Participation in Phase II of the competition does not require that a Research Team apply for or receive an award in Phase I. Phase II will be open to all Research Team(s) regardless of previous participation or funding in Phase I of the Egg-Tech Prize.


For questions about the Egg-Tech Prize, please contact:

Tim Kurt
Scientific Program Director