FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award - 2023

Sponsor Name: 
Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR)
Description of the Award: 

The Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2023 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 and highly innovative research, and are 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 nine 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.

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 one applicant for the 2023 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award.

The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required but may be included. A program budget will be required but associating each annual and total requested amount to specific aims will not be necessary. The review process emphasizes the individual’s creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the program, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important research problem. FFAR always welcomes partnerships that will enhance the research program. Therefore, collaboration with others is encouraged.

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 (10) awards in the FFAR Challenge Areas
below or FFAR’s initiative to address climate change, AgMission:

Eligible Individuals
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, 2019 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.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Feb 22, 2023
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_FFAR-NIA_2023) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

Cover Page:

  • Nominee Name
  • Nominee's date of appointment to tenure-track or equivalent position (on or after 8/1/2019)
  • Nominator Contact Information
  • Nominee Contact Information
  • FFAR Challenge Area to which the nominee will submit the application
  • Program Title
  • Geographic location where the proposed research will take place
  • Key Collaborating Personnel
  • Nominee’s research program overview (300-word limit)

Justification for the nomination

  • Explain how this individual is outstanding in his/her field (300-word limit)
  • Why should this nominee receive the FFAR New Innovator Award? (300-word limit)
  • How would the institution benefit from this nominee receiving the New Innovator Award? (300-word limit)
  • Explain how the institution is and will continue supporting the nominee.(300-word limit)

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
  • Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
  • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Monday, February 6, 2023 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.