The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.
Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end-user involvement from the inception of the idea through the implementation of the project.
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Projects may last up to 36 months or may choose to propose a long-term project.
NCR-SARE anticipates funding 10-14 Research and Education projects per year.
Grant-making decisions are made by the NCR-SARE Administrative Council.
Research and Education grants are built by collaborative teams.
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:
Sustainable pest and weed mgmt.
Marketing and local food systems
Water quality and nutrient mgmt.
High tunnels and season extension
Cover crops and soil health
Pastured livestock/grazing systems
Pollinators and biodiversity
NCR-SARE recognizes that some research/extension systems work is complex and requires a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that takes many years to complete. To be effective, these projects are likely to exceed the time limits of North Central SARE’s normal one-to-three year funding cycle. Projects that apply under the long-term (more than 3 years) option in the preproposal will be asked to briefly describe why this is a longer-term project and the estimated duration of the project. The justification might include the complexity of the set-up of the project or relationship building; the ecosystem processes at play; or need for longer-term data collection/analysis.
Preproposals must address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the North Central Region. NCR-SARE is interested in projects that lead to resilient agricultural systems.
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:
- 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.
Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program (PRS)
Agricultural Marketing Service · Due Nov 22
- Nutrition & Food Safety
- Disaster Relief
- Farmers Market
- Technical Assistance
- Public Health
Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion Program
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship · Due Dec 15
- Value-Added Products
- Food Systems
- Local Food
Michigan Fertilizer Research Grants
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
North Central SARE Farmer Rancher Grant
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education · Due Dec 2
- Soil Health
- Alternative Energy
- Pest Management
July 30, 2021
October 7, 2021
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
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Updated August 13, 2021
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