About the Program

The Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare initiative is a new program at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to support farm animal welfare research. Animal welfare research plays a critical role in the development and continuing improvement of sustainable livestock production, with potential to improve animal lives, food quality, farm-laborer work environments and the relationship between our society and the food we eat.

The Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare program will bring together major stakeholders from the public and private sectors to affect positive changes in farm animal welfare by:

  • Identifying High Impact Target Areas for Research
  • Partnering to Fund Transformative Research Projects
  • Publicizing Applied Outcomes
  • Outreach and Education

Current Funding Opportunities

This funding opportunity is now closed.

To discuss specific animal welfare research interests, please contact:


The objective of this program is to stimulate and support innovative research in farm-animal welfare. Research is critical to progress in this field, as changes to animal production practices may impact animal physiology, may require large-scale alterations in animal housing and may have environmental and economic impacts that extend beyond the farm or production facility. FFAR expects the Animal Welfare program to support cross-disciplinary research in animal genetics, behavior, husbandry, physiology, biotechnology, nutrition and other scientific areas.

2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement

This funding opportunity is now closed. 

Research Areas: 1) Reducing the incidence of keel bone fractures in cage-free hens and 2) developing castration alternatives in swine production

Anticipated Funding within this Opportunity: FFAR anticipates awarding at least $2 million. Outside funding (i.e. matching funding) is not required for eligibility. FFAR anticipates awarding 3-5 grants under this funding opportunity.

Application Deadline: August 2, 2017 at 4:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Duration: Projects of up to 60 months in duration will be considered, although shorter projects of 24-36 months are preferred.

Indirect Expenses: A maximum of 10% of the total award may be used for indirect costs. For more information regarding project budget, please contact grants@foundationfar.org
 Join FFAR in supporting innovative science to Accelerate Advances in Animal Welfare.

There are numerous ways to collaborate with FFAR. Contact Tim Kurt, Scientific Program Director or Renee Bullion, Director of Development, to learn more.