May 30, 2022
The Sowing the Future of the Global Food System Challenge awards up to $1 million in cash prizes annually in the form of grants and prizes.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), in partnership with the Sembrando el Futuro Foundation, is proud to announce the return of the Sembrando el Futuro Global Food System Challenge. With as many as 811 million people around the world suffering from hunger and facing diet-related challenges, the goal of the challenge is to inspire and support innovative, diverse, multidisciplinary teams to develop breakthrough innovations that lead to Help transform the food system, make healthier eating more accessible and empowering consumers to make decisions that benefit both personal and global health.
“The IFT and Fundación Sembrando el Futuro share similar visions of a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to improving nutrition for all,” said Christie Tarantino-Dean, Executive Director of the IFT. “Last year’s challenge was a huge success with nearly 900 participating organizations from around the world, and we strongly believe this initiative will continue to have a huge impact for years to come by helping accelerate scientific advances.”
Organized by the IFT and funded by the Seeding The Future Foundation, the competition aims to support innovations that have the potential to have significant impact at scale and over time, and that benefit at least one or more of the following overlapping areas: Nutritious foods for a healthy diet; sustainably produced; and accessible, attractive, affordable and trusted by consumers.
To encourage innovation at all levels, from ideation to development to scale, the challenge offers three prize tiers totaling up to $1 million a year:
- seed grants ($25,000 each) are awarded to organizations that develop and foster innovative ideas with high potential and have developed a prototype and/or early proof of concept that demonstrates feasibility. The innovation must benefit at least one area, ideally two areas, without negatively affecting the other areas.
- growth grants ($100,000 each) are awarded to organizations that have shown that their innovation is feasible and that have demonstrated both commercial viability at scale and the potential to transform the food system. The innovation must benefit at least two areas, ideally three areas, without negatively affecting the other areas.
- The Grand Prizes of Sowing the Future ($250,000 each) are awarded to organizations that have developed innovations that are scalable, commercially viable at scale, trusted and compelling by consumers, and have a proven track record of having a major impact on the food system. The innovation must benefit at least two areas, ideally three areas, without negatively affecting the other areas.
“We believe that the most revolutionary ideas start on a very small scale, come from diverse and passionate teams, and have the potential for huge impact,” said Dr. Bernhard van Lengerich, founder of the Sembrando el Futuro Foundation. “We hope that the challenge will create a robust and powerful innovation pipeline that will lead to transformational change in the global food system.”
Applications for the Challenge will open on June 1, 2022 and will close on August 1, 2022. The recipients of the Seed Grant will be announced in September 2022, the recipients of the Growth Grant and those of the Sembrando el Gran Premio Future will be announced in January 2023.
More details about the application process, eligibility and awards can be found at www.ift.org/food-system-challenge.