FFAR builds partnerships to address the most pressing challenges farmers face.

The Foundation tackles these challenges by funding audacious science. However, audacious is not possible without collaboration from a diverse, creative scientific workforce.

In addition to funding research, FFAR hosts fellowship and award programs to support the next generation of agricultural research scientists. These programs recognize leaders breaking new ground in food and agriculture, provide unique research opportunities, support young faculty and inspire the next generation of scientists to pursue careers that put food on every table.

FFAR Vet Fellows

The Veterinary Student Research Fellowships to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture (the Vet Fellows), sponsored by FFAR and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, is a three-month fellowship that provides veterinary students with opportunities to pursue research related to global food security and sustainable animal production.


FFAR Fellows

The FFAR Fellows Program, sponsored by FFAR and North Carolina State University, funds 48 graduate students over three years to pursue bold research related to FFAR’s Challenge Areas. Additionally, these students are paired with academic advisors and matched with industry mentors who will provide additional career guidance.


NAS Prize in Food and Agricultural Sciences

The National Academies of Science (NAS) Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences, established by FFAR in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is an annual $100,000 award that recognizes a mid-career scientist who is making an extraordinary contribution to food and agriculture research.


New Innovators in Food and Agriculture Research Award

The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award provides early investment to launch new faculty members into successful scientific careers in food and agriculture. The Awards seek to promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on problems facing food and agriculture.