FFAR is Accepting Pre-Proposals for Seeding Solutions 2021

Washington, DC

  • Advanced Animal Systems
  • Health-Agriculture Nexus
  • Next Generation Crops
  • Soil Health
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Urban Food Systems

WASHINGTON (January 27, 2020)—The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is now accepting pre-proposal applications for the 2021 cycle of Seeding Solutions, a competitive grant program that supports research to solve urgent issues in any of our six Challenge Areas. FFAR will award a total of up to $10 million in grants through the 2021 Seeding Solutions program. Individual awards will range from $300,000 to $1 million for up to ten awards.

We are thrilled to launch our Seeding Solutions program for the fifth consecutive year. This program provides the opportunity for researchers to propose pioneering research to solve pressing challenges in the food and agriculture industry. Through Seeding Solutions, we seek novel research concepts that connect unique partners across various industries. Sally Rockey, Ph.D.
Executive Director Emeritus

Seeding Solutions grantees are required to provide matching funds from non-federal sources and identify an innovation that advances sustainable food and agriculture research within one of FFAR’s Challenge areas. Successful applications will also serve the public by making data open and accessible.

The deadline to submit pre-proposals is March 10, 2021. Full application criteria and eligibility requirements are available on the 2021 Seeding Solutions web page.

Applications are accepted from all US and international institutions of Higher Education, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government-affiliated researchers and domestic and international organizations. FFAR encourages applications from Hispanic-serving institutions, 1890s Land Grant Institutions and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving Institutions and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions.


Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research agenda. FFAR’s model matches federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. Through collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment.

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