Three 2023 Calls for Preproposals Now Open

Research and Education, Research for Novel Approaches, and Professional Development Grant Programs Accepting Preproposals through August 2, 2022

May 10, 2022
In Research and Education Grant project LNE19-378, Project Leader Long He, from Pennsylvania State University, is working to provide an effective sensor-based irrigation system to fruit and vegetable growers, and enhance the practices for growers to implement the technology in their farms through various educational activities.

Three of Northeast SARE's grant programs are now accepting preproposals. As part of Northeast SARE’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Strategic Plan, we will be examining our grant programs and procedures and may make structural changes to our grantmaking systems. To accommodate that work, these grant programs may not reopen for preproposals in 2023.

Research and Education Grants

Typical projects range from $30,000 to $250,000

Research and Education Grants fund projects that result in gains in farmer knowledge, awareness, skills and attitudes that are then applied to make measurable on-farm changes leading to greater sustainability.

Research for Novel Approaches Grants

Typical projects range from $30,000 to $200,000

Research for Novel Approaches Grants fund “proof of concept” projects intended to confirm the benefit and/or feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers.

These practices and approaches may be related to production, marketing, business management, human resource management and other social issues, or other topics related to sustainable agriculture. By “proof of concept,” we mean that evidence from prior experiments or pilot projects strongly suggest a practice or approach is beneficial and feasible, but additional testing, data and refinement is needed before recommending farmer adoption.

Professional Development Grants

Typical projects range from $30,000 to $150,000

Professional Development Grants fund train-the-trainer projects that develop the knowledge, awareness, skills and attitudes among the full range of service providers who work with farmers, including agricultural professionals who teach, advise and assist farmers about sustainable agriculture practices and strategies as well as non-agricultural service providers (e.g., attorneys, lenders, etc.) that work with farmers. These service providers then use the knowledge, awareness, skills and attitudes they gain in their work with farmers.

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