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Research and Education Grant

Grants to USA Individuals, IHEs, Nonprofits, and For-Profits
in Northeast States to Promote Sustainable Agriculture

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Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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10/30/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $30,000 to multiple USA states nonprofits, university and extension staff, government agencies, research farms, private consultants, businesses, and other project leaders for research to promote sustainable agriculture in the Northeast region. Preproposals are due July 10.

Applications are accepted for projects located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, DC.

About Northeast SARE:

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program offers competitive grants to farmers, educators, service providers, researchers, and graduate students to address key issues affecting the sustainability of agriculture throughout our region. With funding from the USDA, Northeast SARE is one of four regional SARE programs that aims to improve farm profits, stewardship, and quality of life for farmers.

The program—including funding decisions—is driven by our outcome statement:

Agriculture in the Northeast will be diversified and profitable, providing healthful products to its customers; it will be conducted by farmers who manage resources wisely, who are satisfied with their lifestyles, and have a positive influence on their communities and the environment.


The Research and Education Grant program funds projects that result in gains in farmer knowledge and skills applied to make verifiable (measurable) changes that lead to greater sustainability throughout the Northeast region. Projects may be submitted with or without an applied research component, but all projects must have an outcome-based education program for farmers.

Outcome Funding:

Research and Education projects must use an outcome funding approach that directly connects project activities to measurable goals. Central to this approach for Northeast SARE grants is the performance target, a statement that describes the changes in behavior or conditions among project beneficiaries (in this case, farmers) that are expected as a result from the proposed project.

Northeast SARE encourages projects to request the funding necessary to support collaboration with 1890 land grant universities. Projects are also encouraged to include funding to specifically address or assess social dimensions of the proposed work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170933

Estimated Size of Grant:

Reviewers prefer projects in the $30,000 to $200,000 range. Funding requests should align with project duration, scope of the work, and intensity of interaction with beneficiaries. Amounts higher than the typical range will be considered for projects that include multi-disciplinary or multi-institutional research and education networks, especially when those networks enable a more comprehensive systems approach to addressing challenges or opportunities.

Term of Contract:

The typical project length is 2 to 3 years. The maximum project length allowed is 3.5 years.

The earliest start date for projects is February 25, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

There is no requirement that project leaders have a specific affiliation, but they must have the institutional capacity and support networks necessary to carry out the project. Typically, proposals come from university and extension staff, agricultural nonprofits, research farm and experiment station personnel, private consultants, agriculture related businesses and organizations, and government agencies. Project leaders must have the skills and experience needed to oversee and carry out their proposed work.

Pre-Application Information:

The online system will open for submissions on June 1, 2018.

Preproposal submissions are due by July 10, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET.

The online application system will be open for submissions from June 1 until the deadline, 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2018. Staff support to answer questions or deal with technical submission issues will be available until 5:00 p.m. ET on the due date. Preproposals submitted after 11:59 p.m. on July 10 will not be accepted.

Full proposals, if invited, will be due October 30, 2018.

Grant Timeline:
-Online application system opens for submissions: June 1, 2018
-Preproposal submission deadline: July 10, 2018
-Project leaders notified whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal: August 17, 2018
-Feedback provided to invited preproposals to strengthen full proposal: September 7, 2018
-Feedback provided to preproposals not invited: ate September 2018
-Full proposal submission deadline: October 30, 2018
-Awards announced to project leaders: February 22, 2019
-Earliest start date for projects, with contracts from UVM to follow shortly: February 25, 2019
-Grant management conference calls with Northeast SARE staff: March 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.

Preproposals are submitted online at:

Carol Delaney, Grants Coordinator
Phone: 802-651-8335, ext 555 / 802-229-2096

Candice Huber, Grants Coordinator
Phone: 802-651-8335, ext 554
Cell: 802-734-4905

Northeast SARE
University of Vermont
140 Kennedy Drive, Suite 201
South Burlington, VT 05403

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Delaware;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   Vermont;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia