The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), pronounced /fɑr/, builds public-private partnerships to support bold science. Our research, co-created with the agriculture community, fills critical research gaps. We also invest in the future scientific workforce.
We do this in two ways:
Food and agriculture systems are complex, requiring collaboration among many disciplines and experts. Our Challenge Area research targets urgent food and agriculture topics. These Challenge Areas form our strategic research framework.
Our Soil Health Challenge Area develops sustainable on-farm practices from the ground-up by creating innovative solutions to improve soil health from measurement to adoption.
The Sustainable Water Management Challenge Area supports research that enhances and protects natural waters to sustain agricultural production and environmental health.
The Next Generation Crop Challenge Area funds research on new and conventional crops to increase crop diversity and farm profitability.
The Advanced Animal Systems Challenge Area supports research that improves animal health and welfare and pioneers practices that sustain our food system.
The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area helps scientists, farmers and policymakers design equitable urban food systems that promote wellness and urban resilience.
The Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports research to reduce food and nutrition insecurity, decrease food waste and loss and improve human health.
Pioneering science is only possible with a diverse, creative scientific workforce.
We have fellowship, grant and award programs to recognize scientific leaders, provide unique research opportunities, support young faculty and inspire the next generation of scientists.
The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes a mid-career scientist making an extraordinary contribution to food and agriculture research.
The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award provides early investment to launch young faculty into successful scientific careers.
The FFAR Fellows Program provides graduate students with professional development, research training and mentorship to advance their careers.
The Vet Fellows is a summer fellowship for veterinary students to pursue research on global food security and sustainable animal production.
The Kirchner Food Fellowship trains university students each year to evaluate agriculture business investments and gives them discretion over investment decisions for companies solving critical food and agriculture challenges.
Science and collaboration are at the heart of our work.
We convene stakeholders to identify urgent challenges and the research needed to develop solutions. With our unique connections to the private and public sectors and our dedication to innovation, we only fund research that meets our rigorous scientific-review standards. Our publicly available results are shared with the scientific and agriculture communities who can employ these solutions.
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