Northeast SARE Releases 2020 Calls for Proposals for Partnership and Graduate Student Grant Programs

March 2, 2020

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released the 2020 calls for proposals for its Partnership and Graduate Student Research Grant Programs. Both grant programs are competitive and fund projects seeking to advance sustainable agriculture in the Northeast region.

All projects must be conducted in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C. or West Virginia. Information on both grants may be found on the Northeast SARE website at or by contacting the office at (802) 651-8335 or

The Partnership Grant Program funds projects conducted by agricultural service providers including researchers, educators, nonprofit staff and others who work in direct partnership with farmers. Fundable projects may conduct research, demonstrations and education to address current challenges to the health of farming and food systems in the Northeast or to strengthen working partnerships between farmers and agricultural service providers.

Partnership Grants are capped at $30,000. Proposals are due online by 5 p.m. ET on April 14. Detailed application instructions and supporting documents, are posted at

The Graduate Student Research Grant Program is open to any graduate student enrolled at an accredited college, university or veterinary school located in the Northeast region. Funded projects will explore one or more of the sustainable agriculture themes of environmental stewardship, farm profitability and quality of life for farmers and the farm community.

Proposed topics should address issues of current or potential importance to Northeast farmers. Graduate Student Research Grants are capped at $15,000. Students have until 5 p.m. ET on April 21 to apply. Application materials are posted at

Northeast SARE is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and hosted by University of Vermont Extension.

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