The Seeding The Future Foundation has provided funding to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) to launch and conduct the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge, which will be awarding up to $1 million annually.
The goal of the Challenge is to inspire and support passionate, diverse and multidisciplinary teams to create game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system to be more sustainable, make healthier diets more accessible, and empower consumers to make choices benefitting both personal and planetary health.
The Challenge is a great first step in the right direction. They believe the biggest challenges facing the food system can be addressed when inspired innovators, scientists and engineers across multiple disciplines collaborate to help transform the food systems to sustainably provide access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food for everyone.
The Challenge will provide three levels of awards, totaling up to $1 million annually, to incentivize initiatives at different stages of their maturity, targeting food systems transformations. IFT work with the Selection Committee to finalize the awardees for each level. The Challenge will award up to eight $25,000 grants, up to three $100,000 grants and up to two $250,000 grand prizes.
- The following organizations are eligible to compete in the Challenge:
- Non-profits located in any country
- Academic or research institutions located in any country
- Early-stage or emerging U.S. based for-profit companies
- Individuals are not eligible to apply. Please note, however, that teams of students or researchers may participate as part of an organization’s submission. Organizations are encouraged to form teams to compete in the Challenge. If two or more organizations form a team to compete, they should choose one of the organizations to serve as the applicant.
For more information, visit https://www.ift.org/food-system-challenge/faq