(PRWEB) November 17, 2016
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research today launched Seeding Solutions, a funding opportunity for researchers proposing to address one of the Foundation’s seven food and agriculture Challenge Areas, which range from making agricultural water use more efficient to promoting healthy food choices.
Prospective Seeding Solutions grantees are invited to submit a pre-proposal for up to $1 million of Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research funding, and must secure equal or greater matching funding from a non-Federal source before a grant will be awarded. The Foundation anticipates funding at least one meritorious and transformative proposal in each of its Challenge Areas: Food Waste and Loss, Healthy Soils Thriving Farms, Innovation Pathway to Sustainability, Making “My Plate” Your Plate, Protein Challenge, Urban Food Systems, and Water Scarcity.
“The breadth of proposals that the Foundation is accepting for the Seeding Solutions program leaves the door open for new and creative ways of working toward our mission to tackle some of the most monumental issues in food and agriculture,” said Sally Rockey, Ph.D., executive director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. “I look forward to supporting bold scientific proposals that show promise of progress toward solutions in our Challenge Areas.”
The Seeding Solutions program is the first funding opportunity within the Foundation’s recently launched Challenge Areas and is just one of an array of programs and partnerships to be launched in pursuit of scientific solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in food and agriculture.
Yesterday, the Foundation announced the nine recipients of its New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award, a program that supports the next generation of food and agriculture scientists through grants to early career faculty members and the students and post-doctoral scholars who collaborate on their innovative research pursuits.
Learn more about Seeding Solutions: http://foundationfar.org/open-opportunities/seeding-solutions/.
About the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. Leveraging public and private resources, FFAR will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, FFAR is governed by a Board of Directors chaired by former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and with ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.