Seeding Solutions

Pre-proposals submission deadline is February 26, 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.


New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research

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.


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.


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.


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.