Global Climate-Smart Practices Assessment

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Dr. LaKisha Odom

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Application Deadline: November 3, 2021 at 5 pm EDT

Project Duration: 12 months

Award Amount: Up to $300,000 (up to three awards may be granted)

Anticipated Award Date: Early 2022

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About the Global Climate-Smart Practices Assessment

Climate change is likely to cause considerable declines in crop yields, with the most detrimental losses affecting smallholder farmers in developing countries.

Climate-smart agriculture is a farming approach that increases agricultural productivity, adapts crops and livestock to grow in changing climates and mitigates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A variety of climate-smart agriculture farming practices and technologies exist; however, adoption of these practices among smallholder farmers is low, particularly in developing countries.

Barriers to smallholder adoption of climate-smart agriculture include poor access, limited knowledge, inability to take risks, weak financing mechanisms and lack of rapidly attractive value propositions.

National policies and regulations, like subsidies and public incentives for technology uptake, can increase use of critical climate-smart agriculture practices. Yet, there is currently poor coordination between climate-smart agriculture policies and public institutions, and lack of knowledge about what incentives can help change farmer behavior domestically and abroad.

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture  invite institutions to submit a written proposal to provide analyses that increase understanding of the climate-smart agriculture policy ecosystem and implementation across India, Kenya and Bangladesh. This request seeks information on key climate-smart agriculture trends and country-specific case studies on incentive mechanisms and their effectiveness in these countries.

Application Guidelines

Who is eligible to apply?

In keeping with FFAR’s goals to reach a broad range of institutions and individuals who participate in its programs, higher education institutions and individuals from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in research as well as international organizations and developing country institutions are strongly encouraged to apply for this program.

What should I include in my application?

Full Proposal

  1. Required
  • Project Title
  • Proposed Total Budget
  • Budget Justification
  • Key Personnel
  • Project Personnel involved in other projects being submitted to FFAR
  • Project Summary (up to 500 words)
  • Project Description (up to 5,000 words)

Goals and objectives (per period)

  • Scope of work and deliverables
  • Project timeline (by period)
  • Data Management Plan (up to 500 words)
  • References Cited
  • Organization Assurances
    • Research involving human subjects
    • Research involving vertebrate animals
    • Research involving Recombinant DNA
    • Research involving National Security implications
    • Research involving hazardous materials
    • Research involving human fetal tissue
    • Research involving NEPA review
  • Attachments
  1. Required Attachments (templates and instructions can be found on FFAR’s Applicant Forms & Examples website. To access, click here or type into a URL browser).
    • Budget Form
    • Current and Pending Support
    • PI and Key Personnel Biosketch: five-page limit.
  • Optional attachments to support project description -this section should not be used to circumvent the word limit for the Research Program Plan Section.
    • Graphics, Figures, Equations, and Tables (up to 5 pages) – The textbox for the Research Program Plan does not support equations, tables, graphics, and figures. Applicants may upload a PDF document with graphics, figures, tables, or a list of equations to support the research program plan.
    • Letters of Support – Applicants may provide letters of institutional, collaborator, or stakeholder support for the proposed project. Please combine all letters of support into a single PDF document before uploading it as an attachment.
How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted through FFAR’s online Grant Management System. Applications not submitted through this portal will not be considered eligible for evaluation. To be fair to all our applicants, FFAR will not grant an extension to applicants who missed the deadlines posted in the Key Dates section.

If you are a new user, register for an account by clicking the “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.

Are matching funds required?

Matching funds are not required for this opportunity.

Who do I contact for help?

All Scientific and Grants Questions must be emailed to

FFAR only accepts scientific or programmatic, and grants 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. Please note that we do not monitor this mailbox on evenings, weekends or federal holidays.