NIFA announced the availability of $400,000 to help university researchers bring their discoveries to the marketplace. The Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) competition is a joint initiative of NIFA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The I-FAST Competition identifies previously awarded NIFA-funded research teams that would benefit from additional support. I-FAST winners will receive mentoring, training, and funding to accelerate the translation of their NIFA-funded research into products and services that can make an impact in the global economy.
The competition will award eight university teams $50,000 each. The awards enable the team members to participate in NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps), a six-month entrepreneurial training program. Teams are also eligible to apply for additional funding through the USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program, administered by NIFA.
The pre-application open period ends Sept. 8, 2017.