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IFT Presents the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge

IFT Presents the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge

Deadline: 1 August 2022
Open to: Non-profits located in any country
Benefits: Monetary awards


Providing a growing global population with access to affordable, safe, and nutritious food for a healthy diet while maintaining the health of our planet will require transformational changes in the food system. Advances and discoveries in science and technology and creative new approaches and collaborations across cultures and multiple disciplines, will lead to forward-thinking innovations with the potential for significant food system changes.

The goal of the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge is to inspire and support innovative, diverse, and multidisciplinary teams to create game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system.

Hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists and funded by the Seeding The Future Foundation, the Challenge is intended to support innovations that have the potential for significant impact at scale and over time, and benefit at least one or more of the following intersecting domains: nutritious food for a healthy diet; sustainably produced; and accessible, appealing, affordable, and trusted by consumers.

The 2022 Challenge Application portal will open on June 1. Applications will be accepted online through August 1.


The following organizations are eligible to compete in the Challenge:

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.


The Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge will provide monetary awards in the form of grants and prizes totaling up to one million US dollars annually. We invite applicants from national or international universities, research institutions, or nonprofit organizations, as well as small or early-stage US or Eurpoean for-profit businesses.

The Challenge will provide three levels of awards to incentivize transformative food system innovations at different stages of their development:


For more information please visit the official website.