Northeast SARE: Graduate Student Grants

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

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Deadline: Apr 21, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $15,000

Fields of work: Agriculture

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey Show all

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The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program offers grants to graduate students to conduct research on topics specific to sustainable agriculture under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Proposals should address issues of current or potential importance to Northeast farmers, agricultural researchers, and farm support professionals such as staff of NRCS, Cooperative Extension, and nonprofit organizations.

Projects should explore one or more of the sustainable agriculture themes of good stewardship, profitability, and quality of life for farmers and the farm community. We specifically seek projects that are consistent with our outcome statement, which says: Agriculture in the Northeast will be diversified and profitable, providing healthful products to its customers; it will be conducted by farmers who manage resources wisely, who are satisfied with their lifestyles, and have a positive influence on their communities and the environment.

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


  • This grant is open to graduate students enrolled at an accredited college, university, or veterinary school in the Northeast region who are proposing research relevant to farmers in the region.
    • The region is made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
  • Applications are limited to one per graduate student per year.
  • An applicant may receive only one Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant during his or her graduate program.
  • Because universities typically do not allow students to manage institutional grant awards, the applicant’s faculty advisor will be named the principal investigator if a grant is awarded.
    • The graduate student must have a faculty advisor who will endorse the proposal, oversee the research, and act as the official principal investigator, while the graduate student is the manager and contact for the project. 


  • Funds may NOT be used for the following:
    • Costs associated with preparing a thesis;
    • Purchase of classroom texts;
    • Incentive offers and promotional items, including items of clothing (hats, tee shirts, aprons, etc.), swag, giveaways, subsidies, raffles, gift cards, and branded promotional material;
    • Travel to scholarly meetings unless essential to the project, such as presentation of project results;
    • International travel unless integral to the project’s success and described in the budget justification (Note: There are certain restrictions on costs and carriers.);
    • Capital costs, including the purchase of land, buildings, livestock, orchards, greenhouses, and other major farm or laboratory improvements;
    • Cell phone charges;
    • Purchase of motorized vehicles and equipment;
    • Food expenses unless necessary for the continuity of a training event or project meeting (Note: When SARE funds are used for meals, USDA employees should note this on their expense reports and deduct meal costs from any per diem reimbursements.);
    • Normal operating expenses (do not ask for specific overhead costs in the form of utility bills, general maintenance, general supplies, or any other expenses that would be there in the absence of the project); and
    • Expenses outside the grant period. SARE cannot pay for expenses incurred before the award start date or after the end date on the grant contract.

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