Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) Program: Responding to a Pest or Pathogen Outbreak

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Working Professional Faculty For-Profit Business College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About FFAR

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. The Foundation was established by the Farm Bill passed in 2014 and charged with complementing and furthering the important work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Leveraging public and private resources, FFAR will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population.

To maximize the Foundation’s impact potential, FFAR is committed to complementing and not duplicating existing research endeavors.

Program Overview: Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR)

The Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program provides nimble deployment of funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. ROAR participants, including but not limited to university researchers, farmers or producers, commodity groups and government officials, may apply for funds prior to an outbreak for development of diagnostics, monitoring and mitigation strategies. The ROAR program bridges the gap until traditional, longer-term funding sources can be secured.

Up to $150,000 per one-year grant is available from FFAR, with the requirement that recipients provide equal or greater matching funds from non-U.S. federal sources.

How to Apply: Responding to a Pest or Pathogen Outbreak

In the event of a pest or pathogen outbreak, submit a one-page concept note to FFAR outlining 

  • the research team, including academic scientists, industry representatives and/or government officials, 
  • the source and amount (up to $150,000) of matching funds for the project and 
  • a brief description of the pest or pathogen threat and why it should be considered for rapid funding.

FFAR will use the concept note to decide whether or not to invite submission of a full application. This process is designed so that, if a qualifying emergency event occurs, the research team may receive funding within days of submitting an application. consortia may rapidly double their response budget.

Best approach for: Teams who are in need of swift deployment of funding in response to a pest or pathogen outbreak.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following types of organizations are invited to apply:
    • Public and private institutions of higher education
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • For-profit organizations
  • Funding is contingent upon the consortium providing 1:1 matching funds.


  • ROAR funds cannot be used for weather, natural disaster or food-safety response efforts.