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2020 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

Grants to USA Researchers to Advance Careers in Scientific Research

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Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR)

Deadline Date:

03/04/20 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA researchers at qualified institutions for research projects in eligible subject areas. Funding is intended to support new ideas and initiatives that will impact areas such as sustainable water management, soil health, and animal systems. The purpose of the program is to launch new faculty members into successful scientific careers in food and agriculture.

The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research 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.

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 projects in the following FFAR Challenge Areas:

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167764

Number of Grants:

FFAR anticipates funding no more than ten awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount per Award: Up to $150,000/year for up to three years.

Term of Contract:

FFAR will award each applicant up to $150,000 per year for up to three years. Applicants may ask for a longer duration, provided the total funds do not exceed $450,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Institutions:

- U.S. Institutions of Higher Education:
a. Public/State controlled institutions of higher education
b. Private institutions of higher education
- U.S. Nonprofit Research Institutions other than Institutions of Higher Education
- U.S. Department of Agriculture

In keeping with FFAR goals to reach a diverse and broad range of institutions and individuals who participate in its programs, the following types of higher education institutions are encouraged to apply for FFAR programs:

- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- 1890s Land Grant Institutions and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

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 their institution to develop an application for support. The nominated faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2016 for a tenure-track or equivalent position and may work in any discipline or any department within the institution. 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 for this award.

FFAR recognizes that agriculture and food sciences are highly complex, requiring individuals from a variety of disciplines to realize the potential in each field or research area. Particularly for early stage investigators, collaborators are often essential for success. While this award is made to an outstanding early career investigator, applicants should include information regarding essential collaborators and include letters of support from those collaborators. In these letters, the collaborators should comment on the potential of the individual to achieve success.

Restrictions:
- Construction and renovation costs are not allowed.
- Salaries of principal investigators are allowed for time not covered by institutional or other grant funds and effort should be commensurate with the research proposed.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- Nomination Period Open: January 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
- Nominations Due: March 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET. Nominations must be made by the nominee’s institution. Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Nominees invited to submit full proposals: March 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET. Open only to individuals nominated by their institutions.
- Full Applications Due: May 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET

Anticipated Award Date: Late summer 2020.

Nominators should please be prepared to submit the name of nominee(s), department, institution, title, start date of current position, day of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and justification for the nomination.

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.

Institutions may submit one nominee to the 2020 New Innovator Award program.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online: https://grants.foundationfar.org/

Scientific and Grants Questions Contact: grants@foundationfar.org (inquiries are accepted by email only)

Technical support: support@smapply.com

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