Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Research and EducationProfessional Development, and Research for Novel Approaches grant programs are currently accepting preproposals for the 2021 grant cycle.
Preproposals are due online by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

The Research and Education Program funds applied research and farmer education projects on sustainable farming and food system topics. Projects must engage farmers as cooperators; aim for specific, measurable change in farm practices; and have a plan to verify results. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $250,000.

The Professional Development Program funds train-the-trainer projects that develop the knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes of agricultural and non-agricultural service providers about sustainable agriculture topics so that they can better teach, advise and assist farmers. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $150,000.

Research for Novel Approaches in Sustainable Agriculture grants fund “proof of concept” applied research projects intended to confirm the benefit and/or feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers. Recipients will be awarded from $30,000 to $200,000.

Applicants selected to submit full proposals will be contacted in late August with full proposals due by Oct. 20. Projects awards will be made in late February 2021. Visit our website for more information, including how to apply, at

NOTE:  If you’d like further help in thinking about whether your project idea is a good fit, consider contacting your state NESARE coordinator:

John Clendaniel
Cooperative Extension
Delaware State University
Washington Center, Room 115A
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-857-6425
Fax: 302-857-6430


University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-8860
Fax: 302-831-8934


District of Columbia:
University of the District of Columbia
Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education
Bldg 44, Rm 117
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-274-5499


New York:
Cornell University
15A Plant Science Building
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-9227
Fax: 607-255-0599


The Pennsylvania State University
116 ASI Building, #455
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-9845
Fax: 814-863-7043


West Virginia:
West Virginia University
2038 Agricultural Sciences Bdg, PO Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
Phone: 304-293-7606
Fax: 304-293-3752

West Virginia State University
419 F. Ray Power Building
Institute, WV 25112-1000
Phone: 304-204-4037


Virginia:  NOTE – Virginia is a part of the SOUTHERN SARE region, and in a different competition pool for grants.  State contacts include:
Eric Bendfeldt
Virginia Tech
2322 Blue Stone Hills Drive, Ste. 140
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Ph: 540-432-6029, Ext. 106
Fax: 540-432-6251

Christopher Mullins
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Extension Specialist, Greenhouse
Douglas Wilder Bldg., Ste 203
Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA 23806
Ph: 804-524-5834

Cyndi Marston
Virginia SARE Program Assistant
2322 Blue Stone Hills Dr., Ste 140
Harrisonburg, VA 22801