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Graduate Student Grant Program

Grants to USA Residents and Graduate Students
at IHEs for Projects in Agricultural Sustainability

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

Deadline Date:

04/09/20 4:00 PM CDT


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Grants of $15,000 to USA veterinary residents and graduate students at IHEs in eligible states for projects addressing sustainability in agriculture. Eligible states include Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Graduate Student Grant Program provides funds to students enrolled in graduate programs or in veterinary medicine residence programs at accredited colleges or universities who are exploring some aspect of sustainable agriculture as part of their educational program. Proposals must be written by the student who will coordinate and conduct the project, with input from their major adviser.  The project must primarily benefit the North Central Region.

Proposals need to address sustainable agriculture issues of importance to the North Central region.

SARE funds applied projects that engage farmers/ranchers. NCR-SARE strongly encourages having farmers, ranchers, local organizations, or others who will use or benefit from the project involved in its planning, design, and implementation. This participation enhances the relevance and impact of a sustainable agriculture research or education project.

Successful projects should contribute to all three of 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, rural and urban communities, and society as a whole.

Proposals should clearly explain:

  • Expected outcomes for the project and how they will assist NCR-SARE in working toward the broad-based outcomes listed above.
  • How progress toward project outcomes will be evaluated.
  • Expected impact on farmers/ranchers, communities, and society as a whole.

For a list of eligible uses of funds, see page 3 of the 2020 Call for Graduate Student Proposals document in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185594

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

About 20 grant projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants are for $15,000 total.

Term of Contract:

Grants can fund projects lasting up to 36 months. Your project cannot start before September 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The student must be officially registered as a graduate student or resident (according to their institution’s requirements) at the time the project begins.

A student is allowed to receive only one NCR-SARE Graduate Student grant during their student career.

NCR-SARE and/or USDA have determined that NCR-SARE funds MAY NOT be used for the following purposes:

- Payment of tuition.
- Purchase of books used in the student’s courses.
- Printing or copying of a thesis or final project paper.
- Permanent capital improvements (e.g., land, buildings, etc.).
- Purchase of motorized vehicles.
- Equipment (see note in budget section)

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals with authorized signatures must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. CDT, April 9, 2020. In light of COVID-19 complications, there is a one week grace period on the submission of proposals.

Funding decisions will be made by the NCR-SARE Administrative Council in July. All applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals in August 2020. Project funds will be available September 1, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

NCR-SARE Main Office
120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-626-3113
Fax: 612-626-3132
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