Research & Education Grants
ATTENTION: When applying for this grant, please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures.
Research & Education Grants are competitive research grants for teams of interdisciplinary researchers that encourage a systems approach in sustainable agriculture. This approach recognizes that ag systems are complex and that interaction among components determines characteristics of the system. Ag systems also need to be studied intact regardless of the spatial or temporal scale. Research & Education Grants encourage that systems research approach in sustainable agriculture.
Research & Education Grants include a pre-proposal application process. Pre-proposal applicants selected by the review committee are invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are reviewed and selected for funding.
Who can apply for a Research & Education Grant?
Including, but not limited to, teams of researchers from public and private institutions, such as 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities; government agencies; USDA-ARS; non-governmental organizations; and community-based organizations.
How much will the grants fund?
Research & Education Grants award up to 3 years of research activities. The funding range generally falls between $100,000 and $300,000.
What do the grants fund?
All Research and Education Grant applicants must propose systems oriented research that fits one of three grant categories:
- Production research—Focused on actual production methods, this kind of research has made up the bulk of SARE’s project portfolio in the past and has developed techniques that have become common tools for farmers.
- Postharvest/food systems research—These projects examine what happens past the farm gate such as in the markets, distribution systems and policy making. This category can serve as a funding path for social science researchers to also make a difference in our farm and food systems. See Southern SARE Seeks Social Science Proposals for more details on areas of social science interest.
- A combination of production and postharvest/food systems research—The ultimate in systems research would connect what goes on in the ground with everything that happens after a crop is harvested, including adding value, marketing, infrastructure for processing and transportation, as well as policy making.
What else should I know about Research & Education Grants?
- The project should take a systems research approach.
- The project’s central purpose should be research-based with an educational/outreach component to extend the project findings to the public.
- Producers and consumers should be part of the process from problem identification through project development, implementation, dissemination of results, and evaluation.
To determine allowable costs for the funding, refer to the USDA-NIFA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars, A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Activities, and A-110: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit Organization. Refer to additional grant regulations on the USDA website.
Ready to Apply?
When you are ready to apply for a Research & Education Grant, download the Research & Education 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.