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University of Wisconsin–Madison

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award 2023

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 18, 2023
Subject:New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award 2023


Deadline for Internal Review:February 01, 2023

Project Description

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2023 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award (NIA). 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.

FFAR anticipates funding no more than ten (10) awards in the FFAR Challenge Areas below or FFAR’s initiative to address climate change, AgMission:
Advanced Animal Systems
Health-Agriculture Nexus
Next Generation Crops
Soil Health
Sustainable Water Management
Urban Food Systems

Amount per Award: Up to $150,000/year.
Duration of Award: Up to 3 years
Number of Awards: Up to ten (10) awards. The actual number of awards will depend on the quality and budgets of successful proposals.


  • 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 (8) 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, FFAR Challenge Area, and Nominee’s date of appointment to tenure-track or equivalent position (on or after 8/1/2019)
  • 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 February 22, 2023. Applications are due to Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research by May 03, 2023.