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Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR)



Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  Institutions may submit up to two nominees to the 2019 New Innovator Award program.


PI Eligibility:  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, 2015, 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.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 2


Summary:  The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2019 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 research and 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.


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 no more than ten awards between the two research categories listed below. When submitting full proposals to FFAR, applicants should select the category that best fits their research program. FFAR will not discriminate proposals based on category selection.


Category 1-- Target Areas of Research:

• Achieving a Deeper Understanding of Nutrition and Healthful Food Choices

• Enhancing Sustainable Farm Animal Productivity, Resilience, and Health

• Improving Plant Efficiency

• Managing Food Production Systems to Enhance Nutritional Outcomes

• Optimizing Agricultural Water Use

• Spurring Food System Innovation

• Transforming Soil Health


Category 2--FFAR Challenge Areas:

• Advanced Animal Systems

• Health and Agriculture Nexus

• Next Generation Crops

• Soil Health

• Sustainable Water Management

• Urban Food Systems



Award Information

• Anticipated Award Duration: Up to 36 months

• Amount per Award: Up to $100,000/year for up to three years. One-to-one cash match

is required.


FFAR will award each applicant up to $100,000 per year for up to three years with an additional $100,000 required cash match from non-federal sources for a total award of up to $600,000. Applicants may ask for a longer duration, provided the total funds (FFAR request + Cash Match) do not exceed $600,000 and FFAR’s allocation does not exceed 50% of the total award amount.


To receive an award, the match must be secured by the nominating institution. Matching must be from a non-federal source and may not come from funds already designated for other purposes. For example, a faculty member’s startup package that was developed through employment negotiations may not be redirected to cover the match. Only cash match will be accepted for this program. In-kind match is not permitted for this Program. Indirect costs are limited to 10% of the total award. Unrecovered indirect cost is not permitted.  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.





January 23, 2019

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


Send email of intent to

January 30, 2019

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a research plan summary (3 pages max not including references), two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.


You must indicate the source of the required 1:1 match in your internal proposal budget.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.

February 13, 2019

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

February 28, 2019

Sponsor deadline for nominations.

April 24, 2019

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal by invitation only.



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.