Timelines are subject to change. Always adhere to the due date listed in the current Call for Proposals.
About the Research and Education Grant Program
The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.
Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end-user involvement from the inception of the idea through the implementation of the project. Generally:
Many projects are interdisciplinary and/or multi-institutional, involving a broad range of agricultural interests. Project coordinators in the past have explored sustainable agriculture under the following topics:
NCR-SARE can provide grant applications, reports from other projects, lists of funded projects, or other sustainable agriculture information. To receive more information about the NCR-SARE Research and Education Program preproposal/proposal process and timeline, contact the NCR-SARE office.
Funding decisions are made by a regional Administrative Council (AC), with a review from a Technical Committee. The Administrative Council is a collection of producers, university representatives, nonprofit group interests, Extension and NRCS people, other government employees, and agribusiness representatives. This group sets research priorities and recommends projects for funding.
NCR-SARE's Long-Term Funding Option for the Research and Education Grant Program
NCR-SARE recognizes that some research/extension systems work is complex and requires a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that takes many years to complete. To be effective, these projects are likely to exceed the time limits of North Central SARE’s normal one-to-three year funding cycle. Projects that apply under the long-term (more than 3 years) option in the preproposal will be asked to briefly describe why this is a longer-term project and the project's estimated duration. The justification might include the complexity of the project's set-up or relationship building, the ecosystem processes at play, or the need for longer-term data collection/analysis.
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This 2022 Research and Education Grant Program presentation was prepared by NCR-SARE.
A unique aspect of NCR-SARE is our personal contact with grantees involved in the program. Contact Beth Nelson, the Research and Education Program Coordinator, if you have questions about the Research and Education Grant Program.
Click on the links below to access lists of funded project information. You can also view lists of projects that have been funded in your state.
List of 2020 Professional Development Program Projects
Research and Education
List of 2021 Research and Education Projects
List of 2021 Youth Educator Projects
List of 2021 Graduate Student Projects
List of 2021 Farmer Rancher Projects
List of 2021 Partnership Projects