FFAR Vet Fellows

Nomination period closes May 27, 2020

FFAR and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges are offering a summer fellowship opportunity for up to 10 veterinary students to pursue research at the intersection of global food security and sustainable animal production.

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Seeding Solutions

Full applications are due June 24, 2020.

FFAR’s Seeding Solutions Grants are an open call for applications for innovative and transformative research proposals that further the Challenge Areas and foster unique partnerships. The RFA includes more information about the application process.

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New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research

Eligible nominees will be invited to submit full proposals starting March 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET.

The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award provides the early investment needed to launch new faculty members into successful scientific careers in food and agriculture. This award promotes highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture. The RFA includes additional information about this grant.

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SMART Broiler Research Initiative

Early Testing and Refinement now open

FFAR and McDonald’s Corporation have teamed up to offer $4 million to the group or individual who successfully develops and commercializes an automated monitoring tool that quantitatively assess key animal welfare indicators in broiler chickens.

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Egg-Tech Prize

The Ideation and Concept Development Phase is open

FFAR is offering up to $6 million in prizes to the firm, group or individual who successfully develops a technology that can accurately and rapidly determine the sex of layer chicks before they hatch. Billions of layer chicks are hatched each year to supply the world’s eggs, with demand expected to rise in coming years. Male chicks are culled on the day of hatch, as they cannot lay eggs and are unsuitable for consumption. The Egg-Tech Prize RFA includes more information about this opportunity.

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Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research

FFAR is accepting applications

The ROAR program deploys funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. ROAR participants may apply for funds in response to an outbreak for development of diagnostics, monitoring and mitigation strategies. This program is designed to provide stop-gap funding quickly in response to urgent threats.

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Overcoming Water Scarcity

Overcoming Water Scarcity

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Agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Overcoming Water Scarcity Challenge Area addressed water use efficiency in agriculture by developing water conservation and reuse technologies, improving crop and livestock breeds, creating improved agronomic practices, increasing the social and economic tractability of conservation practices and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.

FFAR’s Sustainable Water Management Challenge Area builds on earlier work to increase water availability and water efficiency for agricultural use, reduces agricultural water pollution and develops water reuse technologies.

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area increased soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative practices that improve soil health.

The Soil Health Challenge Area advances existing research and identifies linkages between farm productivity and soil health, while also addressing barriers to the adoption of soil health practices.

Protein Challenge

Protein Challenge

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Protein Challenge Area sought to improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of diverse proteins.

The Advance Animal Systems challenge area supports sustainable animal production through environmentally sound productions practices and advancement in animal health and welfare. Additionally, the Next Generation Crops Challenge Area develops non-traditional crops, including plant-based proteins, and creates new economic opportunities for conventional crops to increase future crop diversity and farm profitability.

Food Waste and Loss

Food Waste and Loss

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About 40 percent of food in the US, or $161 billion each year, is lost or wasted. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Food and Waste Loss Challenge Area addressed the social, economic and environmental impacts from food waste and loss through research that developed of novel uses for agricultural waste, improved storage and distribution, supported tracking and monitoring, minimized spoilage through pre- and post-harvest innovations and changed behaviors to reduce food waste

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area addresses food waste and loss and supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.

Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability

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Supporting innovation is necessary for sustainable results. Over the last 50 years, farmers have tripled global food production thanks to agricultural innovations. Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability was a 2016-2018 Challenge Area that focused on understanding the barriers and processes that prevented the adoption of technology and research results into sustainable practices.

Urban Food Systems

Urban Food Systems

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The 2016-2018 Urban Food Systems Challenge Area addressed feeding urban populations through urban and peri-urban agriculture and augmenting the capabilities of our current food system.

The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area continues this work and enhances our ability to feed urban populations.

Making My Plate Your Plate

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Making My Plate Your Plate Challenge Area focused on helping Americans meet the USDA 2015 Dietary Guideline recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, including research to both produce and provide access to nutritious fruits and vegetables.

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.