The Institute of Food Technologies (IFT; Chicago, IL), in collaboration with Seeding The Future Foundation, announced the return of the Sowing the challenge of the future global food system. The goal of the challenge is to inspire and support the development of breakthrough innovations that help transform the food system, make healthier diets more accessible, and empower consumers to make choices that benefit all. both to their personal health and that of the planet.
“IFT and Seeding The Future Foundation share similar visions of a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to improving everyone’s diet,” said Christie Tarantino-Dean, CEO of the ‘IFT, in a press release. “Last year’s Challenge was a great success with nearly 900 organizations engaged from around the world, and we strongly believe this initiative will have an impact for years to come by helping to accelerate scientific breakthroughs.”
The innovations the challenge seeks to support must have the potential for significant impact at scale and over time, and benefit at least one or more of the cross-cutting areas, including: nutritious foods for healthy diets; sustainably produced; and accessible, attractive, affordable and trustworthy to consumers.
To encourage innovation, the challenge offers three tiers of rewards totaling $1 million. They understand:
- Seed grants ($25,000 each) awarded to organizations that plant and cultivate innovative ideas with high potential and have developed a prototype and/or early proof of concept demonstrating feasibility. The innovation must benefit at least one, ideally two areas without negative impact on the others.
- Growth Grants ($100,000 each) awarded to organizations that have demonstrated their innovation is feasible and have projected both large-scale economic feasibility and high-impact potential to transform the food system. The innovation must benefit at least two, ideally three areas without negative impact on the others.
- Seeding The Future Grand Prizes ($250,000 each) awarded to organizations that have created innovations that are scalable, economically feasible at scale, trusted and compelling to consumers, and have demonstrated the potential for major impact to transform the food system. The innovation must benefit at least two, ideally three areas without negative impact on the others.
“We believe that the most groundbreaking ideas start at very small scale, come from passionate and diverse teams, and have the potential to have a big impact,” said Dr. Bernhard van Lengerich, founder of Seeding The Future Foundation. “Our hope is that the Challenge will create a strong and powerful innovation pipeline that leads to transformative change within the global food system.”
Applications for the challenge are currently being accepted and the application deadline is August 1, 2022. Seed grant recipients will be announced in September 2022, and Grow grant recipients and Seeding The Future grand prize recipients will be announced. in January 2023.