Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR): Seeding Solutions Competitive Grant Program


Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)


Seeding Solutions Grant 2020

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FFAR - Seeding Solutions Grants


The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is accepting applications for their flagship competitive grant program, Seeding Solutions, in January 2020. Seeding Solutions Grants are an open call for innovative research projects that support one of FFAR’s Challenge Areas. Through the 2020 Seeding Solutions Program, FFAR anticipates funding at least one meritorious proposal in each of our Challenge Areas.  

This year, FFAR is prioritizing projects that demonstrate unique partnerships and the potential for significant agricultural advancements. For more information regarding the program, please refer to this link: Seeding Solutions Overview. The Request for Applications will be available on FFAR's website in January. 

To be considered, proposals must address and provide solutions to an intractable problem, accelerate innovation within FFAR's Challenge Areas and foster the development of unique public- private partnerships. Awards will only be made to projects which address issues relevant to United States interest. 


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. The Office of Research Services confirmed that Canadian Institutions are eligible to apply, however awards will only be made to projects which address issues relevant to United States interest. 

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.

Special Notes

Seeding Solutions proposals should:

  1. Demonstrate the potential for transformative impact within the selected Challenge Areas:
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    Advanced Animal Systems
    Health-Agriculture Nexus
    Next Generation Crops
    Soil Health
    Sustainable Water Management
    Urban Food Systems
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Serve the public by making data open and accessible, creating unique economic development opportunities, and/or contributing to food and agriculture workforce.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline: Submitting a pre-application is required to submit a full application

Internal Deadline

Full Application (By Invitation Only): Applicants invited to the Full Application stage are required to submit an OR-5, along with a copy of the application and budget, to

External Deadline

Applicant must submit Full Application to FFAR directly. 

How to Apply

A copy of the full Request for Application (RFA) will be made available in January, 2020, that will detail the application requirements and process.

For Questions, please contact

For general questions about the grant process, please contact

For scientific or programmatic questions, please contact:

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x58613

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