Northeast SARE: Graduate Student Grants

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

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Grant amount: US $15,000

Deadline: Apr 21, 2020 2:00pm PDT

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. 


  •  This grant does not support the research effort of group projects or teams of researchers.
  • Northeast SARE cannot pay journal charges if the paper is published well after project completion or if the graduate student has left the institution.
  • There are certain expense categories that SARE funds cannot be used for such as:
    • graduate student tuition remission (note that fringe rates should be calculated without the tuition remission portion)
    • tuition payment
    • fee waivers, and
    • curriculum fees
  • Also excluded are:
    • travel to scholarly meetings (unless essential to the project, such as for a presentation of project results) or
    • travel outside the country; costs associated with preparing a thesis
    • the purchase of classroom texts; or
    • capital costs such as the purchase of land, buildings, livestock, orchards, greenhouses, or other major farm or laboratory improvements
  • Also unallowable are items of clothing, swag, giveaways, subsidies, incentive offers, raffles, gift cards, or cell phone charges.