$ 4+ billion of increased investments
raised for 2021-2025

Innovation Sprints

An innovation sprint is an increase in aggregate self-financed investment from non-government partners to achieve an outcome/output in agriculture innovation and for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and food systems to be completed in an expedited timeframe.

Innovation sprints should support CSA innovation by increasing agriculture productivity while adapting and building resilience to climate change and/or reducing/removing greenhouse gas emissions. Components of innovation sprints may include, inter alia: increasing agricultural productivity, adapting and building resilience and/or reducing/removing greenhouse gas emissions.

Innovation Sprint Partner Framework Document

AIM for Climate is currently accepting proposals for innovation sprints.

Proposals should align with the Innovation Sprint framework, be no more than a page long, and include contact information for the lead representative. Kindly submit all proposals to info@aimforclimate.org.

Once the proposal has been received, we will review it and contact you within approximately two weeks. Proposals will not be made public.

AIM for Climate does not provide funding for innovation sprints. Funding should be secured prior to submitting a proposal.

If you are interested in learning more about one of the innovation sprints listed below, do get in touch with the point-of-contact directly.



Fast Tracking Climate Solutions from CGIAR Genebank Collections

A new $40M initiative led by the CGIAR, in partnership with the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will unlock key climate-resilient traits from CGIAR’s vast global genebank collections. This Innovation Sprint will expand the utilization of high-value genetic diversity to address current and emerging climate challenges faced by millions of smallholder farmers worldwide. The initiative welcomes additional partners from all sectors to scale this critical work.

Point of contact

  • Andre Zandstra
  • Global Director
  • Innovative Finance and Resource Mobilization, CGIAR

Climate Resilience Through Crop Protection Innovation

Guided by its purpose to advance innovation in agriculture for a sustainable future, CropLife International is launching an initiative to accelerate access and uptake of climate-smart crop protection innovations for smallholder farmers in Asia, Africa, and Central America. Through a new investment of over $13M over 5 years, the multi-stakeholder Innovation Sprint supports farmers to do “more with less” and increase their ability to mitigate and adapt to pest and disease challenges using climate friendly approaches.

Participants

Point of contact

AgMission: Cultivating Climate-Smart Solutions

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action, and the World Farmers Organisation established AgMission to make agriculture net-negative for greenhouse gas emissions through comprehensive agricultural research. AgMission collaborates with farmers, ranchers and scientists to co-create and expand adoption of climate-smart technologies by developing an interoperable, data-driven framework that connects farmers to technological and scientific advances. AgMission has raised over $10M and continues fundraising for this unprecedented initiative.

Point of contact

  • Sarah Goldberg
  • Director of communications & legislative affairs
  • Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Climate Proofing 0.5 billion acres around the world by 2024

The ClimateAi team seeks to “climate-proof” 0.5 billion acres around the world by 2024 by deploying AI-driven adaptation tools that boost agricultural productivity despite climate change. ClimateAi’s innovative climate analytics (1 day to 40 years out) help farmers and agribusinesses adapt by enabling data-driven decisions to maximize yield, crop quality, resource efficiency, and financial stability/profits while reducing GHG emissions per ton. ClimateAi recently raised $12M from investors and $250k in grant funding from the National Science Foundation.

Participants

Point of contact

Greener Cattle Initiative: Addressing Enteric Methane Emissions

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and industry partners are launching the Greener Cattle Initiative, a public-private partnership aimed at reducing enteric methane emissions from dairy and beef cattle, a major climate change contributor. This five-year initiative is awarding $5M in research grants to identify, develop and/or validate scientifically sound, commercially feasible and socially responsible mitigation options. This research advances the sectors’ voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund

The U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund will work in partnership with U.S. cotton growers and the U.S. cotton industry to implement regenerative soil health practices across more than one million acres of U.S. cotton cropland over the next five years, with the goal of eliminating one million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere by 2026. The U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund is supported by a $5M investment from the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation.

Point of contact

Soil organic carbon sequestration opportunities in soils of Latin America and the Caribbean

The objective of this Innovation Sprint is to contribute to the design of land use and management with high potential for soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration in agricultural production systems of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and to build capacities in LAC for the quantification and monitoring of SOC stocks. The project is expected to be completed by May 2025 with a total investment of approximately $1.5M.

Satellite monitoring of quantity and quality of available biomass in pastoral livestock systems

The objective of the Innovation Sprint is to lower the cost of estimating the quantity and quality of biomass available in pastoral livestock systems through a satellite tool, in real-time and with adequate precision. The project is expected to be completed by May 2026, with a total investment of approximately $1.3M.