Limited Submission Opportunity - 2 per institution. 

OSU Research Office Internal applications due: Thursday, January 31, 2019 before midnight (pst) -  email to -  see additional instructions below. 

FFAR Program Overview

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. 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.

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 will award each applicant up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. A one-to-one cash match from non federal sources is required. FFAR will award up to ten 2018 New Innovators depending on the quality and budgets of proposals.


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 2018 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award.  Nominated faculty members must have been hired on or after August 1, 2014, for his or her tenure-track or equivalent position and may work in any discipline or any department within the organization.

Limitation Details

Institutions may submit up to two nominees to the New Innovator Award program. If you are interested in being one of two nominees from OSU, please submit an internal application according to the required internal submission instructions below.

OSU Research Office Internal applications due: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - email to

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Nominee name, OSU position, email, department, and start date of their current position
    • The FFAR Target Area of Research in which you will be working (Optimizing Agricultural Water Use; Transforming Soil Health; Enhancing Sustainable Farm Animal Productivity, Resilience, and Health; Improving Plant Efficiency; Achieving a Deeper Understanding of Nutrition and Healthful Food Choices; Managing Food Production Systems to Enhance Nutritional Outcomes; OR Spurring Food System Innovation)
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions
  • One 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)

Full Nominations are due February 28, 2019 at 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Learn more about the program and download the full request for applications.

Date Open: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Award
Agency Deadline: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Limit per Institution: 
Important Notes: 
Waiting for new RFP and deadlines