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Research and Education Grant Program

Grants to USA Individuals and Organizations in
Eligible Midwestern States for Agricultural Research

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North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE)

Deadline Date:

10/18/18 4:00 PM CDT


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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA teams of scientists, farmers, ranchers, institutions, organizations, and educators in multiple Midwestern States for agricultural research and education projects that lead to sustainable and profitable systems. Eligible states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Project coordinators in the past have explored the following topics: biocontrol, crop production, education/extension, networking, livestock production, marketing, quality of life, soil quality, value-added marketing, waste management, water quality, and weed control. Funding is intended to strengthen communities, increase farmer/rancher profitability, and improve the environment by supporting research and education.

Successful projects should contribute to the following NCR-SARE broad-based outcomes:
- Improving the profitability of farmers/ranchers and associated agricultural businesses,
- Sustaining and improving the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends,
- Enhancing the quality of life for farmers/ranchers, communities, and society as a whole.

Preproposals should clearly explain:
- Relevancy of the project to sustainable agriculture in the North Central Region, including identifying expected outcomes for the project and how they will assist NCRSARE in working toward the broad-based outcomes listed above.

In addition to the Open call funds, for the 2019 funding cycle of the Research and Education Grant Program, up to $400,000 (limit of $200,000 per project) of the Research and Education grant pool funds is available for projects focused on developing sustainable agriculture curriculum for youth in grades 4 through 12 (the focus may be on one or more grades). The curriculum should address environmental, social and economic aspects of agricultural practices and systems, and should include a farmer/rancher component. SARE is looking for modular lesson plans that include experiential and discovery based learning as well as classroom instruction. The curriculum must meet the criteria and identify the specific Next Generation Science Standards. The curriculum must be available for public use and an outreach plan for implementation and dissemination must be included.

For consideration under the curriculum priority area, applicants are asked to use “curriculum” in their project title and to make the topic of developing sustainable agriculture curriculum the main focus of the application. Other criteria for these applications remain the same. Note that several sections of the proposal contain instructions specific to the youth curriculum development priority area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163679

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately fourteen to fifteen grant projects will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research and Education grant awards range from $10,000 to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may last up to 36 months. The start date cannot be earlier than November 1, 2019. Project funds will be available during the fall of 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program provides funds to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers/ranchers, institutions, organizations, and educators who are exploring sustainable agriculture through research projects or education/demonstration projects.

Preproposals from any location are accepted, but the preproposal must convince reviewers that project results will benefit NCR agriculture. Typically, proposals come from university and extension staff, the agricultural nonprofit sector, and from people who work on research farms and experiment stations. There is no requirement that applicants have a specific affiliation, but awarded entities must complete required federal grant protocols when applicable, for example, animal care and use protocol verification.

The North Central Region (NCR) includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Pre-Application Information:

Preproposals must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. CDT, October 18, 2018.

Preproposals will be reviewed by the NCR-SARE Administrative Council during the winter. All preproposal authors will be notified in early February, 2019. Selected project coordinators will be mailed a call for proposals and invited to develop full proposals due in early April, 2019. The NCR-SARE Technical Committee will review proposals and funding decisions will be made by the NCR-SARE Administrative Council in late July 2019. Project funds will be available during the fall of 2019.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Beth Nelson, Ph.D.
Regional Coordinator (Chapter 1) and Director of Research and Education Programs

NCR-SARE Main Office
120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Nebraska;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin