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Grants to USA Researchers from IHEs, Organizations, Agencies, and
Businesses in Eligible States for Agricultural Education and Research

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Grants to USA and territories researchers from IHEs, organizations, government agencies, and agribusinesses in eligible states for agricultural education and research projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Proposals are accepted from applicants in the Southern region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Southern 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 the nation. Proposed projects must focus on Southern SARE’s program objectives in developing sustainable agriculture systems or moving existing farming systems toward sustainability.

SSARE offers two grant programs:

  • Research Grants are competitive research grants for teams of interdisciplinary researchers that encourage a systems approach in sustainable agriculture. Research grants are research-based with an educational/outreach component to extend the project findings to the public.
  • Education Grants accommodate organizations, institutions and individuals who are interested in education-based projects, rather than research-driven projects. 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

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Amount Funded:
- $400,000 for Research Grants;
- $50,000 for Education Grants

Term of Contract:

- Research Grants are limited to three (3) years.
- Education Grants are limited to two (2) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Researchers from public and private institutions, such as 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities or other colleges and universities; government agencies, such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service or USDA-ARS; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; agribusiness; and individuals such as ag consultants are eligible to apply for Research Grants and Education Grants.

Southern SARE accepts proposals from applicants in the Southern region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Southern SARE encourages and welcomes pre-proposals from early career professionals.

Pre-Application Information:

Research and Education Grant Schedule:
- March 2021: Call for Pre-proposals Released
- June 4, 2021: Call for Pre-proposals Due at 12 p.m. (noon) EST
- August 2021: Pre-proposals Invited to Submit Full Proposals
- November 12, 2021: Full proposals due
- February 2022: Full proposals awarded

Contact Information:

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

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Apply Online - Education Grants: (

Questions should be directed to Jeff Jordan at or Candace Pollock-Moore at

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Geographic Focus:

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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