On-Farm Research Grants
ATTENTION: When applying for this grant, please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures.
The Southern Region SARE program recognizes the value and importance of on-farm research in developing sustainable solutions to agricultural production problems. Just as SSARE provides funding opportunities for farmers and ranchers through the Producer Grant program, SSARE also offers funding opportunities to Extension specialists, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, university researchers and non-governmental organizations who currently work with farmers and conduct on-farm research with at least one farmer/rancher cooperator.
Important: On-Farm Research Grants are not open to farmers. If you are a farmer/rancher or an organization of farmers/ranchers, you are not eligible to apply for an On-Farm Research Grant. You should apply under the SSARE Producer Grant program.
Who can apply for an On-Farm Research Grant?
Agricultural professionals who currently and regularly work with farmers and ranchers. These can be Extension specialists, university researchers, NRCS, NGOs, or other organizations. Projects must be conducted on farm.
How much will the grants fund and how many are funded?
Project maximum for On-Farm Research Grants is $15,000 for up to two years of research. SSARE funds about 6 proposals each year.
What can On-Farm Research Grant funds be used for?
On-Farm Research Grant funds may be used for the following purposes:
- Costs of sampling and sample analysis,
- Materials and supplies needed for the project,
- Outreach expenses, such as holding a field day,
- Travel needed for the project,
- Hired labor, including farmer/rancher labor beyond their normal farming duties,
- Refreshments at educational events, such as field days.
Are there things that On-Farm Research Grant funds can't be used for?
On-Farm Research Grant funds may NOT be used for the following purposes:
- Starting or expanding a farm, farming operation or NGO,
- Buying equipment,
- Permanent improvements to a farm or ranch, e.g. planting an orchard, buying a herd, permanent fencing, permanent irrigation, permanent greenhouses or buildings,
- Lunches or other full meals at field days or large gatherings,
- Testing of commercial products.
What else should I know about On-Farm Research Grants?
- On-Farm Research Grant proposals must include at least one farmer/rancher project cooperator and the project must be conducted on that cooperator’s farm.
- Successful proposals include clear goals and objectives, and outreach plans; all related to sustainable agriculture projects.
- On-Farm Research Grant projects should be innovative, generate results that are useful beyond one year, and produce information that many farmers can use.
Ready to Apply?
When you are ready to apply for an On-Farm Research Grant, download the On-Farm Research Grant Call for Proposals and carefully follow the instructions. The application process always begins with the Call for Proposals. All the rules and guidelines and everything you need to complete the application process and successfully submit your project can be found in the Call for Proposals.