Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

  • We are the Food Innovation Center

    We are the Food Innovation Center

    Learn about our key initiatives Read more »

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

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  • Become a Member

    Become a Member

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  • Members in the News

    Members in the News

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Discover a healthier hunger-free world

Food is basic to life and our global food system must innovate to sustain it. A population of nine billion people in year 2050 will demand a staggering 70% increase in the world’s food supply. Simply increasing production will not eradicate hunger nor improve human health. One third of food produced is now lost or wasted due to flaws in process, economics, energy, behavior, and policy. Food discovery at Ohio State is innovation that works across disciplines; it is the best ideas from academic, government, and industry professionals that solve local, national and global food needs. The Ohio State Food Innovation Center has the tools and talent to improve access to abundant, safe, health-promoting food. 

New Funding Opportunities

We are proud to announce two new funding opportunities brought to you by the Foods for Health (FFH) Discovery Theme and the Food Innovation Center.

FFH/FIC Seed Grants

The first annual FFH-FIC Seed Grant Competition is a university-wide initiative with a primary goal of advancing the use of metabolomics-based technology in food and nutritional research for the improvement of global health. Successful proposals will focus on food and nutritional metabolomics, are innovative, collaborative, create value, result in professional presentations and peer review publications, and stimulate extramural grants. Learn more about eligibility and funding here.

FFH/FIC Team Awards

Do you want to advance a conversation about a great food for health idea? This FFH-FIC Team Award supports multi-college teams of faculty, research scientists, post-doctoral fellows and students sharing common interests in metabolomics and bioinformatics, leading to new collaborative projects advancing FFH and FIC missions. Funds support the development of ideas for new projects, including and not limited to: team meetings, travel to host visiting colleagues, sponsoring a workshop, or hiring a facilitator. Learn more about eligibility and funding here.



The Food Innovation Center strategically leverages start-up funds provided by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research to foster new faculty development, networking, and the engagement of graduate students. Learn more about our funding opportunities here.


The FIC disseminates knowledge and promotes inquiry by organizing forums, conferences and symposia on topics that range from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to childhood obesity to feeding 9 billion people by 2050. Learn more about our events here.


The Food Innovation Center serves as a gateway to the university for industry personnel, professional organizations, non-profits and government programs exploring potential partnerships with Ohio State. Search the FIC member directory here.