Applications are under review.
Pre-Applications Due: February 22, 2023 by 5:00pm ET
NOTE: An approved pre-application with an invitation to submit a full application is required for submission.
Full Application Invitation: March 29, 2023
Full Applications Due: May 24, by 5:00 PM ET
Award Notification: Summer 2023
Anticipated Project Start Date: Fall 2023
The AgMission initiative is launching a funding opportunity for action research to accelerate the adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and improve climate resiliency of farms and food value chains in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. FFAR invites applications to develop paired research and practice implementation projects that identify opportunities for increased adoption of climate resilient practices and document the impact on key physical and economic variables at the farm level. Specifically, this opportunity seeks to identify practices that promote climate resilience and align with regenerative agriculture goals, including building soil health and fertility, reducing greenhouse gas emissions or increasing soil organic carbon. Additional regenerative co-benefits of practice adoption may include reducing fertilizer loss to watersheds and increasing biodiversity on working lands.
AgMission seeks to award meritorious applications that include both increased implementation of CSA practices on working farms and contribute to scientific understanding of the impact of climate resilience in agricultural production for future food security.
Matching funds for this opportunity are provided by AgMission Founding Partner PepsiCo.
The recorded webinar and slides below describe a Climate Impact Tool developed by CIAT with funding from FFAR and PepsiCo. This tool is intended to provide consistent, easy to access, scientific information on the climate risks to crop production and potential adaptation options. A full list of references is recorded at the end of the slides. The tool is not yet publicly available, but it will be made available to applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal.
Applicants to the AgMission RFA may indicate in their pre-proposals that they intend to use this tool in the development of their full proposals – appropriate uses would be to identify a) specific climate threats to the crop(s) and region(s) of interest and b) potential adaptation practices to focus on in response to those specific threats.
Applicants are not required to use this resource; alternative sources of information on regional and crop specific climate impacts and appropriate adaptation practices can be used. The tool is provided to allow proposals to focus on the implementation of adaptation practices on working farms in response to the current open opportunity. Proposals must include both implementation and research elements to be considered for funding.
AgMission welcomes applications from domestic and international project implementers, higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and US government-affiliated research agencies. Collaborative multi-institution applications are encouraged.
Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) may apply to the program through their home institution or organization.
Pre-applications and invited full proposals must be submitted by the deadline date through FFAR’s online application Grant Management System. Applications submitted outside of this System will not be considered.
To start a new application, please click here. If you are a new user, register for an account by clicking “Create Account” button located under the email address field on the left side of the home page. Once you log in, you may begin working on your application. Please be sure to save your work often by clicking on “Save and Finish Later.” To access a saved application, please do so through your Grant Management Account.
Only pre- applications and invited full proposals submitted by the deadline through FFAR’s Grant Management System will be accepted and considered eligible for evaluation. To be fair to all applicants, FFAR will not grant extensions to applicants who missed the deadlines posted in the Key Dates section.
At the discretion of the AgMission Executive Committee, we will award up to $6 million in grants through this program with individual projects not to exceed $1.5 million over three years. Successful projects will receive annual disbursements. This RFA seeks proposals that combine practice implementation with scientific research; up to 50% of the budget may be directed towards efforts to increase implementation of adaptation practices with agricultural producers.
Key budget considerations are noted below, and additional budgetary guidelines can be found on our website.
All proposals will be screened for relevance, accuracy, completeness, and compliance with FFAR policies. Pre-proposal applications must demonstrate the potential to meet the evaluation criteria. A central tenet of AgMission is that research involving agricultural practices should be co-created with producers. Projects must include a planning component that includes outreach and engagement with relevant farmers.
Full proposals then will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Novelty, Innovation and Effectiveness (20%)
Technical Merit Feasibility (30%)
Impacts and Outcomes (30%)
For questions related to the online submission system or this RFA, please contact FFAR’s Grant Management team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For programmatic questions, please contact Allison Thomson, Scientific Program Director at email@example.com or Olivia Shoemaker, Scientific Program Assistant for AgMission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We only accept scientific or programmatic and grant inquiries by email. We strive to respond to inquiries within two business days, but our response time depends on the volume of questions received and the complexity of the questions asked.
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