Policy Update – FFAR Releases 2020 New Innovator Award, Eliminates Match Requirement

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) released its 2020 solicitation for the New Innovator Award.  This award offers support to new faculty members in the first three years of their careers 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.” ASPB International Committee member, Kranthi Mandadi, is a 2017 recipient of the award.

The 2020 New Innovator Award features two notable changes from past competitions: elimination of the requirement that institutions provide a one-to-one match to FFAR funds; and an increase in the size of the award from $300,000 to $450,000, a change that is intended to better support smaller institutions. FFAR expects to make between 10 and 12 awards in 2020.

Eligible researchers must be nominated by their institutions, and each institution is limited to a single nominee.  Nominations will be accepted through March 4, 2020, and nominees will receive invitations to submit proposals by March 25, 2020. Full applications, prepared and submitted by accepted nominees, are due on May 6, 2020.

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