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Research Support

Research Support

Research Support

Solutions Advancement Grants for Entrepreneurship

Summer 2018 Program Overview


The Food Systems Transformation Initiative (FSTI) supports the development of more equitable, diverse and resilient food systems at all scales – from local to global – that can adapt to evolving uncertainties and opportunities, and enable sustainable societies. The Solutions Advancement Grants for Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Program provides support for innovative research focused on creating scalable solutions to food systems problems. This can include pilot studies to market testing of already developed products or services. The summer grant award is $3,000.


  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty and academic professional researchers (including research professionals, research engineers, research scientists, research administrators, and research technologists) from all ASU campuses and academic disciplines.
  • Research support is designated for new or ongoing pilot studies and other solutions-oriented projects.

Selection Criteria and Process

  • Significance of the research as it relates to advancing solutions for food systems problems to the marketplace.
  • Intellectual merit and soundness of the concept.
  • Potential impact on compelling problems in food systems.
  • Research proposals will undergo a review process by the program committee.
  • Research proposals will receive one of the following ratings: (1) awarded a research stipend; (2) revise and resubmit in specified timeframe; (3) declined.
  • Notifications will be announced within three weeks of the application deadline.
  • The research stipend will be disbursed in mid-June.

Terms and Conditions

  • Faculty/academic professional researchers that are ineligible to receive supplemental pay, (reaching or exceeding 33% of the institutional base salary limit), will need to discuss alternative arrangements in advance.
  • Faculty/academic professional researchers who have received SAGE summer research stipends for two consecutive summers are not eligible for an award the following summer.
  • Faculty/academic professional researchers will be expected to identify and invite a food systems researcher from outside ASU to visit as part of the FSTI speaker series during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Recipient must submit a two-page report to the FSTI Leadership Team by December 31st of the year in which the research stipend is received.
  • Recipient will also be expected to enter the concept into The Idea Enterprise at ASU .

Submission Instructions

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  • The application is specifically created to facilitate review by the program committee. Please do not alter the format.
  • The application consists of general information as well as a research proposal narrative.
  • Complete all sections of the application and upload via the FSTI website by the application deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Only electronic applications will be accepted.
  • Direct questions regarding the application to Sydney Lines .

Application Submission

  • Application Submission: Upload a single Word document that includes the following components by Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
    1. Application form
    2. A two (2) typed page research proposal narrative.
    3. Curriculum Vitae

Application Upload

Application Checklist

  • Download application .
  • Upload a single Word by Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Application document
  • A two page research proposal narrative.
  • Curriculum Vitae