To kick off FFAR’s new direction of embarking on Challenge areas, we are Seeding Solutions, a call to the community to come forward with bold, innovative, and potentially transformative research proposals in our recently launched Challenge Areas. Prospective grantees may come forward with a proposal for up to $1,000,000 of FFAR funding, and must secure 1:1 matching funding from a non-Federal source before a grant will be awarded. FFAR anticipates funding at least one meritorious and transformative proposal in each Challenge Area. Each grant will be awarded over a period of one to five years. FFAR will continue to seek and develop additional partnerships and projects in the Challenge areas; this will serve as a first step to bringing innovative ideas to FFAR’s doorstep.
- Monday, January 16, 2017: Pre-Proposal Deadline
- First week of February 2017: Finalists invited to submit full proposals.
- April 1, 2017: Proposals due; applicants must have identified a committed partner who will provide non-federal matching funds should the proposal be selected.
- June 1, 2017: Successful applicants notified.
Seeding Solutions Pre-Proposal Criteria
- Demonstrate the potential for a transformative impact within the Challenge Area.
- Demonstrate partnerships with different sectors (private, NGOs, governments, academia, and end users, etc.), such that research outcomes may be scalable and applicable to working food and agriculture systems.
- Contribute to the goal of sustainable food and agriculture, defined as practices that, “satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operation; and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.” (Food and Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603).
- Serve the public good by making data open and accessible to the public, creating unique economic development opportunities, and/or contributing to food and agriculture workforce development.