Limited Submission Opportunity - 1 per institution. 

OSU Research Office Internal applications due: Friday, February 7, 2020 before midnight (pst) -  email to -  see additional instructions below. 

FFAR Program Overview

The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2020 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. With this program, FFAR intends to support and promote the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new faculty who are conducting critical and highly innovative research, and are 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.

FFAR will award each applicant up to $150,000 per year for up to three years. Matching funds are NOT required, however, matching is encouraged to broaden the scope of the program, and, if available, should be reflected in the budget. Lack of matching funds will not influence the review of the application.


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.

Limitation Details

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

OSU Research Office Internal applications due: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 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   
      • Advanced Animal Systems

      • Health-Agriculture Nexus

      • Next Generation Crops

      • Soil Health

      • Sustainable Water Management

      • Urban Food Systems

      • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions
  • One page proposal summary
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal will be the most competitive for this program

Nominations are due March 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm  Eastern Time. (Nominations must be made by the nominee’s institution. Self-nominations are not accepted)

March 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET - nominees invted to submit full proposals.

May 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET - full applications due. 

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

Friday, February 7, 2020
Date Open: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Award
Agency Deadline: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Limit per Institution: