Western SARE: Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Deadline: Feb 11, 2021 11:00am PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Micronesia, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California Show all

Location of residency: Micronesia, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California Show all

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Graduate Student Grants

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces a Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture for 2019. Western SARE funds projects that are relevant to producers and provide readily adaptable technologies and information that advance sustainable agriculture in the western region. Funded projects must contain distinct research and education components and have producer involvement.

Producer Involvement: Congress mandates that the SARE grant program depart from “business as usual.” To that end, the Administrative Council requires that agricultural producers (farmers and ranchers) be involved in any SARE-funded Graduate Student project.

Western SARE Graduate Student projects should:

  • Conduct research and education, both elements are required.
  • Demonstrate measurable impacts and outcomes that can increase the body of knowledge of sustainable agriculture.
  • Produce scholarly products and educational materials to assist others in acquiring new knowledge.
  • Communicate the project goals, activities, and findings to producers and other stakeholders.
  • Consult with farmers and ranchers throughout the life of the project (from inception to finish) to help ensure these results.Sustainable Agriculture

Congress has defined sustainable agriculture as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the longterm:

  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs;
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
  • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and onfarm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

Western SARE Goals

  • Promote good stewardship of the nation’s natural resources by providing site-specific, regional and profitable sustainable farming and ranching methods that strengthen agricultural competitiveness; satisfy human food and fiber needs; maintain and enhance the quality and productivity of soil; conserve soil, water, energy, natural resources, and fish and wildlife habitat; and maintain and improve the quality of surface and ground water.
  • Enhance the quality of life of farmers and ranchers and ensure the viability of rural communities, for example, by increasing income and employment, especially profitable self-employment and innovative marketing opportunities in agricultural and rural communities.
  • Protect the health and safety of those involved in food and farm systems by reducing, where feasible and practical, the use of toxic materials in agricultural production, and by optimizing on-farm resources and integrating, where appropriate, biological cycles and controls.
  • Promote crop, livestock and enterprise diversification.
  • Examine the regional, economic, social, and environmental implications of adopting sustainable agriculture practices and systems.


Western SARE Graduate Student Grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Funds are awarded to the applicant’s university, with the funds to be dedicated to the graduate student’s project.

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


  • Graduate Student proposals must address issues in sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the western region.
  • Because universities typically do not allow students to manage institutional grant awards, the applicant’s major professor/advisor will serve as the Principal Investigator if a grant is awarded.
  • Only graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D.) enrolled at accredited colleges or universities in the western region are eligible to apply. The student must be considered fulltime, according to his or her institution’s requirements, at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • The research must be conducted in the western region.
  • Applicants may receive only one Western SARE Graduate Student Grant award during his or her graduate studies.