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University of Wisconsin–Madison

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award 2020

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:January 13, 2020
Subject:New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award 2020


Deadline for Internal Review:January 28, 2020

Project Description

With this program, the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (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 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. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required but may be included. An overall and annual budgets will be required, but connecting them 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.

Amount per Award: Up to $150,000/year.
Duration of Award: Up to 3 years
Number of Awards: No more than ten awards in the FFAR Challenge Areas:
• Advanced Animal Systems
• Health-Agriculture Nexus
• Next Generation Crops
• Soil Health
• Sustainable Water Management
• Urban Food Systems


The nominated faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2016 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.

UW-Madison may nominate 1 applicant.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, attach a single PDF to an email to:

Please include the following:

  • Cover Page including: Name and academic title of PI, contact information, title of program project, and Nominee’s date of appointment to tenure-track or equivalent position (on or after 8/1/2016)
  • CV
  • 2 page description of how your program meets the goals of the solicitation

Sponsor Deadlines

Nominations are due to Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research by March 04, 2020. Applications are due to Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research by May 06, 2020.