New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

Event date(s): Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 New Innovator Nominations Now Open

Meeting and sustaining the growing global demand for food will require a scientific workforce committed to innovating the way food is grown, processed, and distributed. Funding early career faculty is one important way to cultivate a creative workforce who will train, encourage, and inspire future generations of agricultural and food scientists.

The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award is designed to provide the early investment needed to launch new faculty members into successful scientific careers in food and agriculture. Investing a substantial amount in faculty members within the first three years of their careers will allow them to pursue innovative and transformational ideas uninhibited by the pressure of identifying their next grant. 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 $100,000 per year for up to three years. A one-to-one cash match from nonfederal 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 this award.

Nominations Due

  • February 28, 2018 at 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.

Contact: newinnovators [at] foundationfar [dot] org 

Read the full RFA for application details.

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