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Seeding the Future Eligibility

Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant or prize, an innovation should focus on at least two of the domains discussed in the "Domain and Eligibility Details" section below, while not negatively affecting the remaining domain.

Safe and Nutritious Food for a Healthy Diet 
Eligible innovations may improve either food access, safety, affordability, or nutrient quality, contributing to a healthful diet. Specific solutions may include dietary improvement through better macronutrient balance, micronutrient or phytonutrient delivery, plant-based approaches, or innovative ways to use potential medicinal aspects of food. Special consideration will be given to innovations that benefit either specific geographic regions or communities with limited access to healthy food.

Sustainable, Regenerative Practices
Eligible innovations may contribute to improving planetary health by enabling impactful sustainable, controlled environment, or regenerative practices. Specific solutions may include reducing post-harvest food losses or food waste; optimizing plant growth; improving soil health; increasing food and/or crop production while lowering GHG emission, carbon, land, and water footprints; or upcycling agricultural byproducts into beneficial nutrient-rich food or ingredients. Special considerations will be given to innovations that can quantify the potential benefits via accepted life cycle assessment (LCA) or similar frameworks.

Empower Conscious Consumer Choices
Eligible innovations may demonstrate the potential to shift consumer preference and empower consumers to be champions for personal and planetary health. Applicants may consider including a strategy to compellingly communicate the health and sustainability benefits of their innovation to consumers. For example, those benefits may relate to affordable and healthier diets enabled by more sustainable agricultural practices, better food distribution approaches, food waste reduction through better shelf-life management, improved access to perishable or staple food, or better post-harvest technologies. Special consideration will be given to solutions which consider either geographical, economic, or cultural diversity.

These domains are embedded within an overarching food policy framework which can either affect the advancement of healthy diets, sustainable practices, and consumer behavior change or can be affected by them. A policy lens may be applied which could include a perspective on how innovations can either shift the policy landscape or can succeed within an existing policy framework. 

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.