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Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Nonprofit, For-Profit, IHE, or
Researcher to Address the Effect of Climate Change on Strawberries

Indoor Environment Strawberries

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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

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Deadline Date:

03/01/22 5:00 PM EST


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Grant to a USA, Canada, or International nonprofit or for-profit organization, institute of higher education, or government-affiliated researcher for research to combat the effect climate change has on premium flavors of strawberries. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for applications focused on increasing the scientific understanding of genetic and biochemical elements responsible for premium flavors, in addition to the environmental control of these elements.

Food production faces a range of challenges from climate change, competition for scarce resources and supply chain disruptions. One solution is controlled environment agriculture, which offers the ability to develop varieties of crops in controlled, non-traditional spaces. Controlled environment agriculture can also enhance desirable traits in crops.

A project funded through this RFA MUST identify:

  • Genetic elements responsible for premium flavors,
  • Chemical constituents (such as volatiles) responsible for premium flavors, and
  • Environmental recipes that lead to the development of strawberries with premium flavors grown in completely controlled indoor production systems. 

Identification of the genetic components that give rise to premium flavors and the manipulation of chemicals responsible for that flavor through environmental control will be key. However, the science behind this is complex and PIP is interested in increasing understanding of how to produce premium flavors in strawberries. Ultimately, PIP is looking to fund projects that:

  • Focus on one (1) premium flavor determined by the applicant with the following considerations:
    • Non-commercial cultivar flavors: flavors that represent what cannot be found in modern commercial cultivar flavors,
    • Focus on flavors with commercial potential, such as:
      • Tropical flavors like pineapple,
      • Novel flavors such as: Hawaiian Punch, SweeTarts, etc.
  • Investigate how to produce the premium flavor: including the sensory attributes associated with the premium flavor;
  • Identify genetic elements: including, but not limited to, genetic markers that facilitate breeding for premium flavors and genes responsible for premium-flavor molecules or modifiers (genetic, metabolic, others) that contribute to the premium flavor;
  • Identify flavor molecules: molecules responsible for producing the premium flavor;
  • Identify environmental recipes: environmental conditions that enhance or diminish the premium flavor in addition to the environmental conditions to manipulate concentrations of flavor molecules; and
  • Develop varieties or recipes that lead to a minimum 2x-4x increase in yield from plants producing the premium flavor relative to the starting low-yielding variety, where applicable.

Premium flavors in this context are defined in this request as novel flavors with potential commercial value that are largely absent in modern commercial varieties, not the enhancement of flavor in most existing modern varieties.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199033

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: One (1).

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Duration: up to 48 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation for Food & 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 their organization to develop an application for support.

If a proposal includes a for-profit entity as either the applicant institution or support for an application, that for-profit entity must provide at least five percent of the total project budget requested from FFAR.

In keeping with FFAR goals to reach a diverse and broad range of institutions and individuals who participate in its programs, the following types of higher education institutions are encouraged to apply for FFAR programs:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- 1890s Land Grant Institutions and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

Types of activities that will not be considered:
- Projects that focus on the indoor productions systems themselves will not be considered. Engineering aspects related to HVAC or lighting, if included, should be minimal.
- Projects focused solely on improving consumer likability of modern commercial strawberry cultivars, or solely focused on Brix/acid ratios, rather than “novel” or “unique” flavor profiles will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- An approved pre-application with an invitation to submit a full application is required for submission.
- Pre-applications due: November 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
NOTE: An approved pre-application with an invitation to submit a full application is required for submission.
- Full application invitation: January 4, 2022
- Full applications due: March 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
- Award Notification: Fall 2022
- Anticipated Project Start Date: Winter 2022

Each for-profit institution that is part of an application, as either the lead institution or support for an application, must contribute at a minimum, five percent cash match of the total budget amount being requested from FFAR.

FFAR only accepts scientific, programmatic and grants inquiries by email. FFAR strives to respond to inquiries within three business days, but FFAR's response time depends on the volume of questions FFAR receives and the complexity of the questions asked. Please note that FFAR does not monitor this mailbox on evenings, weekends or federal holidays.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Dr. John Reich

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