Research and Education Program (SARE) Regions
NIFA provides leadership and works in
close partnership with four SARE regions—North
Central, Northeast, South,
award competitive grants to conduct projects
that investigate new region-appropriate sustainable
SARE regions work under the direction of
councils that include farmers and ranchers,
along with representatives from universities,
government, agribusiness, and nonprofit organizations.
Since 1988, SARE has funded more than 3,000
- Research and education grants—Ranging
from $60,000 to $150,000 or more, these
grants fund projects that usually involve
scientists, producers, and others in an
- Professional development grants—To
spread the knowledge about sustainable
concepts and practices, these projects
educate Cooperative Extension Service staff
and other ag professionals.
- Producer grants—Producers apply
for grants that typically run between $1,000
and $15,000 to conduct on-site experiments
and share the results with other farmers
- Other grant opportunities—Graduate
students, community development practitioners,
and educators conducting on-farm research
can apply for grants in some SARE regions.
For requests for proposals, application
deadlines, and other information, contact
the regional offices directly.
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