Submit a Research Concept
Grants Management Team
Proposing A Research Concept
We fund food and agriculture science that addresses large-scale challenges to develop actionable knowledge and solutions. We fund research focusing on our cross-cutting Challenge Areas.
Another important aspect of our grants are the public-private partnerships. Some funding opportunities require applicants and grantees to secure matching funds. In other cases, we secure matching funds before announcing the opportunity. Please consider potential matching funders when proposing a research concept.
Our Funding & Approval Process begins with collecting broad input, includes a rigorous review process and culminates with funding the highest-quality research. Hearing from the food and agriculture community ensures that our research is relevant to farmers and scientists. As such, we are interested in hearing your research concept.
- Who can apply?
We welcome all individuals and groups to propose a research concept.
- When does the application window close?
This portal is open year-round.
- How are research concepts evaluated?
Every complete submission undergoes a rigorous review process to ensure we fund bold science addressing big challenges.
- What are we looking for?
While we prefer research concepts that align with our Challenge Areas, we welcome pioneering research concepts that nimbly address pressing challenges in the food and agriculture industry. Before submitting a concept, we encourage you to review our existing Open Opportunities.
- How many concepts can I propose?
You can propose more than one research concept.
How Propose a Research Concept
Propose your concept through our Submit a Research Concept platform. We only review completed research concepts submitted through this platform.
This platform is not an application. Submitting a research concept neither commits us to launching programs in the proposed area nor entitles the submitter to receive funds from FFAR should a program be launched in that area.
We typically review concepts within 30 days of receipt. Should FFAR staff be interested in discussing your research concept further, they will respond to you directly.