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Research and Education Grant Program

Grants to USA Individuals and Organizations in Eligible North
Central States for Research in Sustainable Agriculture

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

Deadline Date:

10/10/19 4:00 PM CDT


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

Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end user involvement from inception of the idea through implementation of the project. Coordinators are encouraged to explore social, environmental AND economic aspects of whole systems. Marketing sustainable agriculture products has been a thrust of NCR-SARE, which also funds projects in many other areas.

Many projects are interdisciplinary and/or multi-institutional, involving a broad range of agricultural interests. Project coordinators in the past have explored sustainable agriculture under 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.

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, and
  • Enhancing the quality of life for farmers/ranchers, communities, and society as a whole.  

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

For applicants interested in a Long-Term Funding Option, please see the URL for Full Text link below for full details.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163679

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately twelve grant projects will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research and Education grant awards range from $10,000 to $250,000. Individual grants are not to exceed $250,000 total.

Term of Contract:

Projects may last up to 36 months, or applicants may choose to propose a long-term project. Funded long-term projects will receive funding in three-year increments (contingent on NCR- SARE receiving funding.) Please see the URL for Full Text link below for full details about the Long-Term Funding Option.

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.

Budget limitations:

- SARE does not limit personnel costs, but reviewers do not like to see budgets that are primarily personnel costs.
- Capital expenses for things like land purchases, general farm improvements, and construction of buildings, greenhouses, and laboratories are NOT allowed. Equipment is rarely allowed.
- SARE limits indirect costs to 10 percent of the total federal funds (11.11% total direct costs) provided under each award.

Pre-Application Information:

Preproposals must be submitted on line by 4:00 p.m. CDT, October 10, 2019. The system will open for applications August 01, 2019.

All preproposal authors will be notified in early February, 2020. Selected project coordinators will be mailed a call for proposals and invited to develop full proposals due in early April, 2020.

NCR-SARE anticipates that project funds will be available during the fall of 2020.

Research and Education Timeline:

August - Call for Preproposals Released
October- Preproposals Due
Late January - Full Proposals Invited
April - Full Proposals Due
Late July - Funding Decisions
Fall - Funds Available to Recipient

Recent proposals and sample calls for proposals:


Grant program presentations:

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
120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-626-4436
Fax: 612-626-3132

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