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On-Farm Research Grants

Grants to USA Agricultural Professionals in Multiple
States for Farm-Based Sustainability Research

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Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Deadline Date:

11/17/17 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA and territories agricultural professionals who work with farmers and ranchers for farm-based research and marketing projects addressing sustainable agriculture. Projects may take place in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.

Southern SARE has long supported farmers in their efforts to conduct new and innovative sustainable agriculture production practices. Similar in scope and focus to the Producer Grants, On-Farm Research Grants are one of SSARE’s “small” grants programs, offering support to Extension agents, university researchers, NGOs, and government personnel (like NRCS or USDA-ARS) who currently work with farmers and conduct on-farm research with at least one farmer/rancher cooperator.

Emphasizing relationship building between researcher and farmer, this grant has no pre-proposal requirements, nor are applicants asked to demonstrate specific outcomes in an intensive way. Proposals are easy to write and straightforward to manage, with simple reporting requirements.

Funds may be used for: Cost of sampling and sample analysis; project materials and supplies; outreach expenses; project travel; hired labor; refreshments at educational events, such as eld days.

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.

Projects must be conducted on farm.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162412

Number of Grants:

SSARE funds about 6 proposals each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The project maximum for On-Farm Research Grants is $15,000.

Term of Contract:

On-Farm Research Grants support up to two years of research.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Agricultural professionals who currently and regularly work with farmers and ranchers. These can be Extension specialists, university researchers, NRCS, NGOs, or other organizations.

These grants are not open to farmers.

Funds cannot be used for: Starting or expanding a farm, farming operation, or NGO; buying equipment; permanent farm improvements; lunches or other full meals; testing of commercial products.

Pre-Application Information:

The On-Farm Research Grant CFP for FY2018 is now open. The application deadline is 5:00 PM EST on November 17, 2017.

On-Farm Research Grants Schedule
-September: Calls for On-Farm Research Grant Proposals Released
-November: On-Farm Research Grant Proposals Due
-February: On-Farm Research Grants Awarded

When applying for this grant, please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

John Mayne, PhD, SSARE Assistant Director
1109 Experiment St.
University of Georgia Griffin Campus
Griffin, GA 30223-1731

P: (828) 626-2680
F: (770) 412-4789

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   Oklahoma;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)