Reviewer Resources

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) seeks expert reviewers from academia, federal and state governments, industry, commodity groups, professional organizations, and other stakeholder groups to evaluate research proposals submitted in response to calls for proposals within our Challenge Areas.

Selected experts will evaluate proposals against criteria established by FFAR, and provide comments and scores which will form the bases of the FFAR funding decision.  The evaluation will be done using an e-grantmaking website. Reviewers will be offered honoraria.

The experts’ working language should be English; a good ability to write and discuss in English is an essential requirement.

Register as an Expert Reviewer

We welcome experts and academics who would like to peer review applications for FFAR grants...register now.

Review Process

FFAR uses a rigorous review process to determine which projects are most deserving of funding...learn more.

Conflicts of Interest

It is important to us that all peer reviews avoid conflicts of interest when reviewing projects for funding...learn more.

Non-Disclosure Agreement for Reviewers

Information distributed during the review process is private and confidential...learn more.

Application Review

FFAR typically evaluates and scores program proposals based on four categories of weighted review criteria:

  • Novelty, Innovation and Originality (30%)
  • Impact and Outcome (25%)
  • Technical Merit and Feasibility (30%)
  • Partnerships (15%)

At times, FFAR customizes review criteria and/or changes the weighting based on the program priorities. In such cases, the review criteria are outlined in the Request for Application. FFAR requests reviewers provide comments on criteria for evaluation after each review. This allows FFAR to continually improve the evaluation process.

Grant’s Notification Process

Applicants interested in applying for a FFAR grant must first create an SM Apply Account. FFAR will send a confirmation notice once the account has been created.

If an applicant applies for a funding opportunity that requires a pre-proposal stage, FFAR will send a notification confirming submission of the pre-proposal. Prior to the full proposal application open date, FFAR will notify the applicant as to whether they are invited to submit a full proposal. Applicants will receive an automated confirmation message from FFAR once their full application has been submitted.

Once FFAR has determined the awardees, FFAR will distribute a decision notice to the applicant. An Intent to Award notice indicates that the applicant has been selected for funding. A Conditional Award notice means the applicant has been selected for funding, with conditional terms. A Decline to Award notice informs the applicant they have not been selected for funding.

Awardees will receive their grant agreement following the Intent to Award notice and they have about two weeks to sign the agreement. All notices are sent via email.

View additional FAQs about FFAR’s grant process