Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2021 Research Award

Notice of limited competition: The University of Maine is eligible to nominate a single early-career scientist to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. If interested, please work with an appropriate unit or departmental nominator to submit to this limited competition on the UMaine InfoReady portal by 5:00pm Thursday, February 14, 2021.

Sponsor Details:

The Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2021 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.

The nominated faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2017 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.

FFAR is interested in the following “Challenge Areas”:

  • Soil Health
    • Sustainable Water Management
    • Next Generation Crops
    • Advanced Animal Systems
    • Urban Food Systems
    • Health-Agriculture Nexus

Funding is available up to $150,000/year for up to 3 years.

For consideration for this nomination, please submit to the UMaine InfoReady portal the following information:

  • General Information (Name, appointment and date, nominator details and contact, FFAR Challenge area)
  • The following three nomination elements, formatted as a single document:
    • Research Overview: Comments on research program, written in the third person about the nominee (300 words maximum)
    • Justification for Nomination: Why the nominee is outstanding in their field (300 words maximum)
    • How will UMaine benefit from the nominee’s receipt of this award? (300 words maximum).
  • Nominee’s updated CV

Please note that the above information represents part of the nomination package for the eventual nominee. The researcher selected through this competition will be responsible for working with ORD and their nominator to submit a complete nomination package, due to FFAR by March 3, 2021.

Guidelines for full proposals are detailed on the FFAR website. Invited nominees will be informed by March 24, 2021, for a May 5, 2021, full proposal deadline.

For questions about this nomination process, or the InfoReady portal, please contact Saul Allen at