Internal Deadline: Contact RII.
Nominations Due: February 22, 2023, 5pm ET/2pm PT
External Deadline: May 3, 2023, 5pm ET
Award Type: Grant
Anticipated Award Amount: Each applicant can receive from FFAR up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of three years totaling $450,000 investment. Indirect costs are limited to 10% of the total award, including subcontracts, if applicable. Unrecovered indirect cost is not permitted. Construction and renovation costs are not allowed. Salaries of principal investigators are allowed for time not covered by institutional or other grant funds and effort should be commensurate with the research proposed.
Who May Serve as PI: We give preference to individuals who are within eight years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Eligible candidates must also conduct research that aligns with our Challenge Areas.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award provides early-career scientists the investment needed to propel them into successful research careers.
Young faculty in the sciences often struggle to secure grant funding. We established the New Innovator Awards to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. These awards allow the grantees to focus exclusively on research without the pressure of securing additional funding.
We grant New Innovator Awards to outstanding early career investigators who have been in the tenure-track position no longer than three years. The Award goes to individuals with the creative ideas, skills, knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research program.
Individuals with significant research experience prior to obtaining their faculty position are not eligible for this award.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.