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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award


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:  U.S. institutions of higher education, U.S. nonprofit institutions other than institutions of higher education, and the US Department of Agriculture are invited to nominate up to two applicants for the 2017 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award.


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 his/her organization to develop an application for support. Faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2013, for his or her tenure-track or equivalent position and may work in any discipline or any department within the organization. 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.


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


Proposal Limit: Institutions may submit up to two nominees to the 2017 New Innovator Award program.


Summary:  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 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. With this award, FFAR 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 the course of 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 a total of ten awards within the following Target Areas of Research:


  • · 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
  • · Spurring Food System Innovation





January 30, 2017

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. Please include your department, title, start date for current position, and FFAR Target Area of Research in which you will be working.


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February 6, 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.


February 24, 2017

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

February 28, 2017

Sponsor deadline for nominations

April 21, 2017

Sponsor deadline for the full application:  11:59 pm EST



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.