About Seeding Solutions

FFAR’s Seeding Solutions Grants are an open call for applicants to submit innovative and transformative research proposals that furthers any of our Challenge Areas, and foster unique partnerships. Every year, FFAR funds at least one proposal in each of our Challenge Areas, typically awarding each applicant between $300,000 and $1 million.

Stay tuned for the 2019 Seeding Solutions request for applications. In the meantime, explore past Seeding Solutions grants.

Seeding Solutions applicants are required to complete a pre-proposal. As our Seeding Solutions program supports innovation and partnership, grantees are required to provide matching funds from non-federal sources and identify an innovation that addresses an intractable problem in food and agriculture within one of FFAR’s Challenge areas.

We encourage potential applicants to contact the managing Scientific Program Director for their Challenge Area of interest to hone their ideas prior to submitting a pre-proposal. FFAR will then review the pre-proposals, and invite selected proposals to submit a full application.

Key Dates

Pre-Proposal Applications Open
March 1, 2019

Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline
April 19, 2019
Submitting a pre-proposal by this date is required.

Invited Applicants Notified
June 12, 2019
Full proposals open to invited applicants on this date.

Full Proposals Deadline
August 7, 2019

Anticipated Funded Award Date
Winter 2019

Application Guidelines

Seeding Solutions proposals should:

  1. Demonstrate the potential for transformative impact within the selected Challenge Areas:
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  1. Leverage partnerships with multiple sectors (private, NGOs, governments, academia, end users, etc.), such that research outcomes may be scalable and applicable to existing food and agriculture systems. Strong partnerships with multiple stakeholders are highly encouraged.
  2. 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 of1990, Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603).
  3. Serve the public by making data open and accessible, creating unique economic development opportunities, and/or contributing to food and agriculture workforce.


FFAR welcomes applications from all U.S. institutions of Higher Education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, government-affiliated researchers, and domestic and international organizations.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support.


For questions about the grant process, please contact grants@foundationfar.org.