NCR-SARE: Research and Education Grant Program

North Central Region SARE

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $200,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 1, 2019 (Full proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 18, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education 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 inception of the idea through implementation of the project.


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

Priority Areas

There are no specific priority areas in the 2017 Call for Preproposals. 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 NCRSARE in working toward the broad-based outcomes listed above.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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. 
  • Projects may last up to 36 months.


  • Capital expenses for things like land purchases, general farm improvements, and construction of buildings, greenhouses, and laboratories are NOT allowed. Equipment is rarely allowed.