About the New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award
The New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award provides early-career scientists the investment needed to propel them into successful research careers.
Young faculty in the sciences often struggle to secure grant funding. We established the New Innovator Awards to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. These awards allow the grantees to focus exclusively on research without the pressure of securing additional funding.
What to know when applying for NIA
We grant New Innovator Awards to faculty members in the first three years of their scientific career and are within eight years of receiving their Ph.D. Eligible candidates must also conduct research that aligns with our Challenge Areas.
Individuals with significant research experience prior to obtaining their faculty position are not eligible for this award.
Funding Amounts & Requirements
Each applicant can receive up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of three years totaling $450,000 investment from us.
To further support the grantees and allow them to fully focus on their research, matching funds are not required for this program.
Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals
New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the environment. Specifically, this research bolsters the following SDGs: