On September 26, the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) announced the opening of the Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program, a new initiative focused on mitigating the spread of harmful pests and pathogens in agriculture. In response to the devastating outbreak of avian flu last year, ROAR is intended to increase emergency response capacity and strengthen engagement and collaboration with the agricultural community.
This new program highlights the need to address situations that require rapid response. Emergency grant proposals submitted under ROAR will be reviewed within a week of the submission date, with an expedited research and resource provision process for those that are approved. The criteria used to judge submissions will include, but is not limited to the following:
- The outbreak has regional and/or national implications
- The outbreak is acute in nature and has substantial economic implications for a commodity
- The program will contribute to practical solutions that producers can implement in the field.
This program is structured around industry coalitions. Commodity groups will enter into an agreement with FFAR prior to any proposal submission that will qualify them for the expedited review process and will be required to match FFAR funding up to $150,000 should their emergency request be accepted. The intention is that this preexisting agreement will streamline the application process and increase the speed and efficiency with which FFAR can provide the necessary resources.
Given the focus of this program, only agricultural commodity groups that have entered into the specified agreement with FFAR will be eligible. Further details on emergency criteria is available in the full solicitation. FFAR has not yet released specific deadline information.
Sources and Additional Information:
- More information about the ROAR program is available at http://foundationfar.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FFAR_ROAR_Program_Overview.pdf.
- The press release announcing this program is available at http://foundationfar.org/2016/09/26/foundation-for-food-and-agriculture-research-offers-matching-funds-to-accelerate-first-response-to-future-agricultural-emergencies/?mc_cid=456933ab2b&mc_eid=ef56777d50.