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Grants to USA Researchers in Multiple States for Research Projects to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

Research and Education (R&E) Grant - Research Grant


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Funding Source
Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE)
Array ( [0] => Puerto Rico (USA); [1] => Virgin Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaArkansasFloridaGeorgiaKentuckyLouisianaMississippiNorth CarolinaOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasVirginia
USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/02/23
Deadline: 11/10/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories researchers affiliated with IHEs, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, agribusinesses, and consultants in multiple states for research projects related to agriculture. Applicants must submit a preliminary proposal prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that advance sustainable agriculture in the Southern region, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Southern SARE is requesting pre-proposals for Systems Research Projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the region and the nation. Proposed projects must focus on Southern SARE’s program objectives in developing sustainable agriculture systems or moving existing farming systems toward sustainability, as defined by the Congress in the 1990 Farm Bill.

Research grants are research-based with an educational/outreach component to extend the project findings to the public.

To retain historical strengths, to advance sustainable agriculture, and to encourage a systems approach to research, SSARE offers three categories for Research Grants

  • 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. SSARE continues to fund these types of research proposals as they provide key parts of a larger holistic system, particularly as they relate to farmer participation in our program and complement the Producer, On-farm, Professional Development, and Graduate Student grant programs.
  • 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.
  • A combination of production and postharvest/food systems research—While some research can be separated into production and postharvest levels, we also seek to encourage attempts to provide integration of the different levels of the agricultural system, as well as the different sciences that lend more value to the results. 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.

SSARE encourages applications for the Research and Education program that focus on sustainable agriculture and climate change. Projects that explore the social, economic, and environmental issues are encouraged, including climate mitigation strategies, interventions for farmers, ethical issues, consumer behavior, and branding. 

Projects in all areas of sustainable agriculture are always welcome and are encouraged, especially emerging new ideas not covered by the following list. Please choose only one of the following Project Areas: 

  • Emerging Area;
  • Minority and Limited Resource Farmers;
  • Environmentally Sound Practices/Agricultural Ecosystems;
  • Marketing/Economic Development;
  • Organic Farming Systems;
  • Policy, Program Evaluation, Quality of Life;
  • Women in Sustainable Agriculture.

For Grant Requirements, see the Full Grant Text RFP.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Researchers from public and private institutions, such as 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities or other colleges and universities; government agencies, such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service or USDA-ARS; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; agribusiness; and individuals such as ag consultants are eligible to apply for Research Grants.

Pre-Application Information
- March 2023: Call for Pre-proposals Released
- June 2, 2023: Call for Pre-proposals Due at 12 p.m. (noon) EST
- August 2023: Pre-proposals Invited to Submit Full Proposals
- November 10, 2023: Full proposals due
- February 2024: Full proposals awarded

Research Grants require a two-step application process: A pre-proposal application process and a full proposal application process for those invited by the review committee to submit a full proposal. Grant Calls for Proposals open in February and are awarded February the following calendar year.

Those invited to submit a full proposal will be notified in August 2023. At that time, specific directions will be given regarding submission and review procedures for full proposals. Comprehensive reviews are undertaken at the full proposal stage. Full proposals will be required to be much more in depth, longer and require much more detail than the pre-proposals. Full proposals are due on November 10, 2023.

Grants are paid by reimbursement of allowable project expenses.

SARE Objectives, Vision, and Mission:

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum funding amount for Systems Research Projects is $400,000. Pre-proposals with smaller funding requests are welcomed and encouraged

In grant year 2023, the range of funded proposals was from $75,000 to $384,000.

Term of Contract
Systems Research Project duration is limited to three (3) years.

The project start date for FY2024 is April 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Questions should be directed to
Jeff Jordan
SSARE Program Director
(770) 412-4787

Candace Pollock-Moore
Assistant Director
(770) 412-4786

111 Stuckey Drive
Stuckey Building
University of Georgia-Griffin Campus
Griffin, GA 30223

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