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Grants to USA and territories researchers from IHEs, organizations, government agencies, and agribusinesses in eligible states for education and research projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. The geographical focus of this grant is the SARE Southern Region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Southern Region USDA Program on Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is requesting pre-proposals for either Systems Research Projects or for Education Projects and Activities that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the region and nation. SSARE offers two grant programs under the Research & Education Grant category: Research Grants and Education Grants.

  • Research Grants are competitive research grants for teams of interdisciplinary researchers that encourage a systems approach in sustainable agriculture. This approach recognizes that ag systems are complex and that interaction among components determines characteristics of the system. Ag systems also need to be studied intact regardless of the spatial or temporal scale. Research grants are research-based with an educational/outreach component to extend the project findings to the public.
  • Education Grants accommodate organizations and individuals who are interested in education-based projects, rather than research-driven projects. Education Grants are competitive grants that provide sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for NGOs, researchers, community organizations and other ag professionals. Education Grants strictly fund education and outreach activities related to sustainable agriculture whose outcomes are intended to benefit farmers and farming communities. There is no research involved in these grant projects.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169555

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Southern SARE is looking for Education pre-proposals of around $50,000 or Systems Research pre-proposals up to $400,000, though smaller research pre-proposals are also welcome.

Term of Contract:

- Research Project Duration is limited to 3 years.
- Education Project Duration is limited to 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Researchers from public and private institutions, such as 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities; government agencies; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; and agribusinesses are eligible to apply for the grant offerings under the Research & Education Grant category.

Research Grants are intended for multidisciplinary teams of researchers with a focus on systems research.

Education Grants are intended for researchers, NGOs, and community groups who are interested in education and outreach activities.

The SARE Southern Region includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To determine allowable costs for the funding, refer to the USDA-NIFA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars ( A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Activities, and A-110: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit Organization. Refer to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations ( for additional grant regulations.

Pre-Application Information:

The Call for Pre-Proposals for the Research and Education Grant is now open. Applicants have a choice between applying for a Research Grant, or applying for an Education Grant. Application deadline is June 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST.

2021 Research & Education Grants Schedule
- March 2020: Request for pre-proposals released
- June 5, 2020L R&E pre-proposals due
- August 2020: Pre-proposals invited to submit full proposals
- November 13, 2020: Full proposals due
- February 2021: Full proposals awarded

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) at the National Agricultural Library specializes in locating, collecting, and providing information about sustainable agriculture. Information specialists can answer questions, highlight resources, and share search techniques for literature reviews, background research, and identifying experts in the field and pertinent USDA researchers and projects. AFSIC has a number of resources on its website that may be relevant to your proposal. See

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Research Pre-proposals can be accessed at:  

Education Pre-proposals can be accessed at:

If you have questions about the appropriateness of your pre-proposal for the Southern SARE Program, please contact:
Jeff Jordan, SSARE Director, at (770) 412-4788 or; or Candace Pollock-Moore, SSARE Assistant Director, at (770) 412-4786 or

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USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   Oklahoma;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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