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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Businesses, and Organizations in
Multiple States for Sustainable Agriculture Education and Research

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Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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Grants to multiple Southern USA states and territories researchers at IHEs, government agencies, agribusinesses, and community-based organizations for education and research projects that address sustainable agriculture. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible states and territories include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Research Grants

Research Grants are competitive research grants for teams of interdisciplinary researchers that encourage a systems approach in sustainable agriculture. This approach recognizes that ag systems are complex and that interaction among components determines characteristics of the system. Ag systems also need to be studied intact regardless of the spatial or temporal scale. Research grants are research-based with an educational/outreach component to extend the project findings to the public.

To retain its historical strengths, to advance sustainable agriculture, and to encourage a systems approach to research, SSARE offers three categories for Research Grants: production research, postharvest-food systems research, or a continuum that spans both.

Education Grants

Education Grants accommodate organizations and individuals who are interested in education-based projects, rather than research-driven projects. Education Grants are competitive grants that provide sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for NGOs, researchers, community organizations and other ag professionals. Education Grants strictly fund education and outreach activities related to sustainable agriculture whose outcomes are intended to benefit farmers and farming communities. There is no research involved in these grant projects.

Education Grants should provide an educational approach to mitigate or solve a problem and encourage farmer adoption of recommended practices or strategies. This approach must be realistic, acceptable to farmers, logical, and capable of leading to the actions and benefits described.

For more details and program priorities on these two types of grants, see the URL for Full Text Link below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169555

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research Grants: generally falling between $100,000 and $300,000

Education Grants: maximum of $50,000

Term of Contract:

Research Grants: up to three years

Education Grants: up to two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Researchers from public and private institutions, such as 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities; government agencies; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; and agribusinesses are eligible to apply for the grant offerings under the Research & Education Grant category.

Research Grants are intended for multidisciplinary teams of researchers with a focus on systems research.

Education Grants are intended for researchers, NGOs, and community groups who are interested in education and outreach activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The Research and Education Grant CFP is now open. The pre-proposal application deadline is June 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET.

2020 R&E Grant Cycle:

-March 2019: Request for pre-proposals released
-June 7, 2019: R&E pre-proposals due
-August 2019: Pre-proposals invited to submit full proposals
-November 15, 2019: Full proposals due
-February 2020: Full proposals awarded

Learn more about systems research before applying for this grant:

Contact Information:

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

The website address for Online Proposal Submissions is:

Jeff Jordan, SSARE Director
(770) 412-4788

John Mayne, SSARE Assistant Director
(828) 626-2680

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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)