(CLOSED) Limited Submission: New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research


The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. With this program, FFAR intends to support and promote future generations of exceptionally talented and creative new faculty who are conducting critical research and establishing research programs that will lead to expanded availability of food and facilitate the global practice of sustainable agriculture as the world’s population grows to more than 9 billion people by the year 2050. The New Innovator Award seeks 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.

U.S. institutions of higher education, U.S. nonprofit institutions other than institutions of higher education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are invited to nominate up to two applicants for the 2019 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award.

Within the scope of the New Innovator Program, investigators will have the freedom to explore new avenues of inquiry that arise during their research. Therefore, FFAR is interested in the program of research to be explored and its impact as opposed to a list of very specific aims. It is expected that through this program investigators will have the ability to pursue highly creative ideas, to firmly establish their early lines of research into important food and agriculture scientific areas and provide stability in funding during their critical early career years by reducing the time spent on writing applications.

FFAR anticipates funding no more than ten awards between the two research categories listed below. When submitting full proposals to FFAR, applicants should select the category that best fits their research program. FFAR will not discriminate proposals based on category selection.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Research Categories

Category 1: Target Areas of Research:

  • Achieving a deeper understanding of nutrition and healthful food choices
  • Enhancing sustainable farm animal productivity, resilience, and health
  • Improving plant efficiency
  • Managing food production systems to enhance nutritional outcomes
  • Optimizing agricultural water use
  • Spurring food system innovation
  • Transforming soil health

Category 2: FFAR Challenge Areas

  • Advanced Animal Systems
  • Health and Agriculture Nexus
  • Next Generation Crops
  • Soil Health
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Urban Food Systems
Award Amount

Up to $100,000 a year for up to three years. One-to-one cost match is required.

FFAR will award each applicant up to $100,000 per year for up to three years with an additional $100,000 required cash match from non-federal sources for a total award of up to $600,000. Applicants may ask for a longer duration, provided the total funds (FFAR request + Cash Match) do not exceed $600,000 and FFAR’s allocation does not exceed 50% of the total award amount.

Estimated number of awards is up to 10.


Faculty members at eligible institutions with the creative ideas, skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research program as Principal Investigator are invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support.

Faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2015, for his or her tenure-track or equivalent position and may work in any discipline or any department within the organization. Preference will be given to individuals near the onset of their independent research career and who are within eight years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Individuals with significant research experience prior to obtaining their faculty position will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

All submitted nominations will go through an internal review process to ensure that the nominee is eligible for the award. Only eligible nominees will be invited to submit a full proposal application. Nominators should expect to be notified of whether their nominees are invited to submit a full proposal no later than three weeks of the nomination submission deadline. Only invited nominees can submit a full proposal application.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit up to 2 nominations.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Nominee name, UGA position, email, department, and start date of current position (on or after 8/1/2015)
    • The FFAR Research Category (1 – Target Areas of Research OR 2- FFAR Challenge Areas) and sub-category (i.e. Achieving a deeper understanding of nutrition, Advanced Animal Systems, etc)
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • A brief (less than a page) summary of total costs that includes the total amount of and source for any cost share.
  • Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact grants@foundationfar.org.

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