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Climate Resilience RFA: Funding Opportunities
September 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is seeking applications through our Next Generation Crops Challenge Area. FFAR builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. We are seeking innovative research focused on improving climate resilience in crops to provide the critical solutions necessary to enhance the sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. For 2021, FFAR anticipates funding up to two meritorious applications.
FFAR aims to support research that addresses the challenge of rising global temperatures by increasing the basal or acquired thermotolerance of crop plants. In accordance with the above intent, the successful research will be applicable to one or more of the following crop species: maize, rice, sorghum, millet, wheat, sweet potato, cassava, banana, yam, common bean, cowpea, chickpea or groundnut. We will also consider research in other plants, if applicants adequately describe how the proposed research would be transferable to the preferred crops. Potential solutions only applicable to agricultural systems in high-income countries or involving domestication of new crops will not be considered.
FFAR would consider:
- Approaches that quantify the specific features of climate-driven temperature change that will most impact crop plants. This may include development or improvement of biophysical crop simulation/predictive models;
- Solutions that address higher temperatures in day and/or night periods;
- Solutions that address increased temperature variability;
- Solutions that could be applied in crop genetic improvement programs;
- Solutions that address the challenges of phenotyping for variation in thermotolerance, including the impact of acclimation;
- Solutions that address temperature response in crop plants, including molecular, enzymatic, physiological, and/or genetic approaches;
- Solutions developed in model plant systems that can be applied to one or more of the above crops;
- Solutions that can be reasonably applied in agricultural systems in low income countries.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research welcomes applications from institutions of Higher Education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, government-affiliated researchers, and domestic and international organizations.
Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support.
Project duration: Up to 60 months
Proposal funding range: $250,000 – $1,000,000
Matching Funds are not required for this program.
Reasonable budgets clearly work in favor of the applicant. Budgets that are not commensurate with proposed work or poorly justified will likely have a negative impact on the overall evaluation of the application.
- The number of projects selected for funding may vary.
- Indirect Expenses: A maximum of 10% of the total award may be used for indirect costs. FFAR’s indirect cost allotment is not an indirect cost rate applied to the total modified direct costs but instead it is an overall allotment from the Total Funds Request, also known as the Total Project Costs, to be used for IDC. This means 90% of the total funds requested must go directly to the proposed research. For example, if you request the maximum, the total direct cost available to the project is $750,000⁄1. 1 = $682,000. Indirect costs cannot exceed 10% of the total.
- Indirect costs cannot exceed 10% of the total budget (FFAR contribution+ grantee’s matching funding, if any). Please carefully review our IDC policy in the Instructions Tab of the budget template.
- Estimated Number of Awards: To be determined. The number of awards depends on the quality and the total funds requested of successful application. The number of applications funded is left totally to the discretion of FFAR including choosing not to fund any applications under this opportunity.
Anticipated Award Date: February 2021
More information @ https://foundationfar.org/climate-resilience-rfa/