Southern SARE: Research and Education Grants

Southern Sustainable Agriculture, Research & Education (SARE)

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Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $300,000

Next deadline: Jun 7, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Nov 15, 2020 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky Show all

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Research & Education Grants are competitive research grants for teams of interdisciplinary researchers that encourage a systems approach in sustainable agriculture. This approach recognizes that ag systems are complex and that interaction among components determines characteristics of the system. Ag systems also need to be studied intact regardless of the spatial or temporal scale. Research & Education Grants encourage that systems research approach in sustainable agriculture.

To retain our historical strengths, to advance sustainable agriculture, and to encourage a systems approach to research, SSARE offers three grant categories:

  • Production research—Focused on actual production methods, this kind of research has made up the bulk of SARE’s project portfolio in the past and has developed techniques that have become common tools for farmers. SSARE continues to fund these types of research proposals as they provide key parts of a larger holistic system, particularly as they relate to farmer participation in our program and complement the producer, on-farm, professional development, and graduate student programs.
  • Postharvest/food systems research—These projects examine what happens past the farm gate such as in the markets, distribution systems and policy making. This category can serve as a funding path for social science researchers to also make a difference in our farm and food systems. 
  • A combination of production and postharvest/food systems research—While some research can be separated into production and postharvest levels, we also seek to encourage attempts to provide integration of the different levels of the agricultural system, as well as the different sciences that lend more value to the results. The ultimate in systems research would connect what goes on in the ground with everything that happens after a crop is harvested, including adding value, marketing, infrastructure for processing and transportation, as well as policy making.

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


  • Who can apply for a Research & Education Grant:
    • Including, but not limited to, teams of researchers from public and private institutions, such as 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities; government agencies; USDA-ARS; non-governmental organizations; and community-based organizations.
  • The project should take a systems research approach.
  • The project’s central purpose should be research-based with an educational/outreach component to extend the project findings to the public.
  • Producers and consumers should be part of the process from problem identification through project development, implementation, dissemination of results, and evaluation.


  • Emphasis is placed on farmer participation, particularly for the production projects, on the relevance to sustainable agriculture, and on the strength of a holistic approach. 
  • We have relevant priority areas such as:
    • Limited resource farmers
    • Organic farming systems
    • Environmentally sound practices/agriculture ecosystems
    • Marketing/economic development/ cooperatives
    • Policy
    • Project evaluation and quality of life, and
    • Women in sustainable agriculturesou