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. Kathleen Boomer

Development Contact

Catherine Maxwell

See the 2021 Seeding Solutions RFA

Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline: March 17, 2021 at 5 pm ET

Submitting a pre-application is required.

Full Application Invitation: May 5, 2021

Full Applications Due: July 7, 2021 at 5 pm ET

Award Notification: Fall 2021

Anticipated Project Start Date: Early 2022

About Seeding Solutions

Launched in 2017, Seeding Solutions is our annual competitive grant program that supports bold research in any of our six Challenge Areas or builds bridges between our Challenge Areas. FFAR awards up to 10 grants ranging between $300,000 to $1 million. Grantees must provide matching funds from non-federal partners.

We support innovative projects that address challenges in food supply and agroecosystem management through novel partnerships. Such collaborations provide opportunities to engage stakeholders as integral members of the research team and increase the likelihood of a project’s application beyond its scope.

What to know when applying for Seeding Solutions

Seeding Solutions proposals should:

  1. Demonstrate the potential for impact within our Challenge Area priorities.
  2. Address pervasive challenges in food supply and agroecosystem management.
  3. Benefit the public by advancing science-based decision support, enhancing transparency through open platforms or supporting economic development opportunities that strengthen the food and agriculture workforce.
  4. Maximize potential for real-world application by developing bold partnerships with stakeholders, including private and nonprofit organizations, non-federal government agencies, research institutions and farmers.

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