Seeding Solutions

Seeding Solutions is our annual grant program that funds audacious research supporting each of our Challenge Areas. The pioneering science funded through this program convenes unique partners from across the food and agriculture sector to solve bold challenges.

Program Contact

Dr. Kathy Boomer

Development Contact

Dr. Kashyap Choksi

See the 2020 Seeding Solutions RFA

This program will accept applications in 2021.

About Seeding Solutions

Launched in 2017, Seeding Solutions is our annual competitive grant program that supports research to solve urgent issues in any of our six Challenge Areas. Each year, FFAR awards up to $10 million in grants through the Seeding Solutions program. Individual awards range from $300K to $1M for up to ten awards.

We look for novel research that connects unconventional partners across multiple food and agriculture industries. We believe the focus on collaboration yields a higher chance of success.

We provide up to $1 million for each grant. Seeding Solutions grantees must provide matching funds from non-federal sources.

What to know when applying for Seeding Solutions

Seeding Solutions proposals should:

  1. Demonstrate the potential for impact within the selected Challenge Area.
  2. Develop strong partnerships with multiple stakeholders across a range of sectors – including private, nonprofits, governments, academia, end-users – such that the results are scalable within existing food and agriculture systems.
  3. Advance sustainable food and agriculture.
  4. Benefit the public by advancing science-based decision-making and enhancing transparency through open platforms and supporting economic development opportunities that contribute to the food and agriculture workforce.

Key Dates

Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline: Winter 2020

Submitting a pre-application is required.

Selected Applicants Invited to Submit Full Application: Spring 2020

Full Applications Due: Summer 2020

Award Notification: Fall 2020

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