Western SARE: Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture

Western SARE

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 12, 2019 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

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

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Graduate Student Grants

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces a  supplemental Call for Proposals for Graduate  Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture for 2018.

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 Researchand Education project. 

Western SARE Graduate Student projects should:

  • Conduct research and education, not research or education. Both elements are required.
  • Demonstrate measurable impacts and outcomes that can increase the body of knowledge of sustainable agriculture.
  • Produce scholarly works 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 (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.

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


  • Western SARE will consider proposals from graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D.) enrolled at accredited colleges or universities in the western region. 
  • The student must be considered full-time, according to his or her institution’s requirements, at the time the proposal is submitted. 
  •  Applicants may receive only one Graduate Student Grant in Sustainable Agriculture during his or her graduate career.