The Science Breakthroughs 2030 study will be driven by community input and discussion, guided by a study committee appointed by the President of the National Academy of Sciences. The structure of the project takes into consideration several distinct requirements for the strategy:

  1. An emphasis on identifying transformational research opportunities to address key challenges in food and agriculture;
  2. Recognition that the complexity of most food and agriculture challenges requires inter-disciplinary and integrated approaches to the development of lasting solutions;
  3. The value of harnessing insights from the frontiers of scientific disciplines and communities not traditionally associated with food and agriculture;
  4. The importance of involving stakeholders of all kinds in the process and of raising public awareness of the meaning and significance of this scientific discussion;
  5. A compressed time frame to draw together diverse communities, explore ideas, analyze proposed goals, and produce consensus recommendations for the


The study process includes several points for input from all members of the scientific community interested in food, agriculture, and natural resources science:

  • Input on the study committee membership (Call for nominations for study committee members February – March, 2017)
  • Submission of ideas and comments in an on-line discussion forum (“IdeaBuzz on-line platform”) to describe exciting research opportunities in food and agriculture (June – August 2017)
  • Participation in a Town Hall workshop to discuss selected topics raised in the discussion forum (August 8, 2017)
  • Input on scientific focus areas identified by the study committee after the Town Hall using the IdeaBuzz platform and recommendation of individuals to participate in a 3-day focus area “jamboree.” (October 2-4, 2017)


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The study committee will hold a final closed meeting in late 2017 to generate its recommendations and supporting rationale for compelling research directions in food, agriculture, and natural resources.  The committee’s report will be anonymously peer reviewed and finalized in early 2018.

The report will be publicly released in July 2018 followed by briefings to research stakeholders, including practitioners in the food, agriculture, and natural resources system, scientific societies, members of Congress, federal agency officials, and supporters of research in food, agriculture, and natural resources.

Study Sponsors

Major funding for the study has been provided by theSupporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), the United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Additional funding provided by the following organizations through the SoAR Foundation:

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • Agronomic Science Foundation
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • American Society for Horticultural Science
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • American Soybean Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Pork Board
  • Noble Research Institute
  • Poultry Science Association
  • Soil Science Society of America