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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare


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:  The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research welcomes applications from all U.S. institutions of Higher Education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, government-affiliated researchers, and domestic and international organizations.


Only one application per organization/institution.


This funding opportunity is for new activities only and should not be duplicative of other efforts. The proposed project can build upon existing research and activities, and applicants must clearly articulate what new elements this funding will support.


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


Proposal Limit: 1


Summary:  The objective of this RFA is to stimulate and support innovative research in farm-animal welfare. Research is critical to progress in this field, as changes to animal production practices may impact animal physiology, may require large-scale alterations in animal housing and may have environmental and economic impacts that extend beyond the farm or production facility. FFAR expects the Animal Welfare program to support cross-disciplinary research in animal genetics, behavior, husbandry, physiology, biotechnology, nutrition and other scientific areas.


Program Priorities


Applicants to the Farm-Animal Welfare Program must address one of the following program priorities, and that connection must be explicit in the application along with metrics to measure success of the research program:


1) Reducing keel bone fractures in cage-free housing systems.


FFAR is committed to supporting science-based approaches to this issue, including:


  • Identification of quantitative trait loci and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP’s) that may assist primary breeders in selection for pro-welfare traits (e.g. bone strength) while maintaining egg quality
  • Development of dietary formulations/additives for improved bone strength
  • Research on microbiome/gut health and bone density
  • Improved housing design (perch design, materials and placement, tier height, ramp angle, etc.)
  • Improved rearing conditions (pullet housing design and management)


2) Development of alternatives to castration that provide for the piglet’s well-being and maintain pork quality


FFAR is committed to supporting science-based approaches to this issue, including:


  • Selective breeding, or gene-editing, for production of animals with low physiological levels of androstenone and skatole
  • Chemical interference with the production of androstenone and skatole hormones that cause boar taint
  • Mechanical or genetic sex-selection of sperm (selection for female-only offspring)




June 8, 2017

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

June 15, 2017

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 one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary 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.


July 6, 2017

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

August 2, 2017

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.



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.