Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Research and Education, Professional 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 www.northeastsare.org.
NOTE: If you’d like further help in thinking about whether your project idea is a good fit, consider contacting your state NESARE coordinator: