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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

Northeast SARE

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) (https://www.sare.org/) program is a decentralized competitive grants and education program operating in every state and island protectorate. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture, the program is run by four regions (North CentralNortheastSouth and West) hosted by land-grant institutions. SARE Outreach provides communication and technical support at the national level. 

West Virginia belongs to the Northeast region (https://www.northeastsare.org) along with Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Northeast SARE offers a number of grant programs to farmers, educators, researchers, nonprofits, and others who work with farmers.  You can also search SARE's national database for grant project results.  

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is seeking preproposals for three grant programs: Research and EducationProfessional Development and Research for Novel Approaches. Grants are aimed at improving sustainable agriculture and local food systems throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Preproposals, which capture the preliminary project concept, are required for each grant program and are due online by 5 p.m. on Aug. 3. Applicants selected to submit full proposals will be contacted in mid-August with full proposals due on Oct. 26. More information about how to apply may be found at www.northeastsare.org/GetGrant.

A webinar about Northeast SARE and these grant programs was offered and can be viewed https://northeast.sare.org/northeast-sare-large-grants-webinar.  There are also answers for questions that came in prior to and during the webinar.

  • The Research and Education grant program funds farmer education and applied research on sustainable farming and food system topics. Projects must engage farmers as cooperators, aim for measurable change in farm practices and have a plan to verify results. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $250,000.
  • The Professional Development grant program funds train-the-trainer projects about sustainable agriculture concepts and techniques for Cooperative Extension educators, non-profit personnel and other service providers. Projects, which will be funded in the $30,000 to $150,000 range, must specify measurable changes in service providers’ education and training of farmers.
  • The Research for Novel Approaches grant program funds applied research conducted through social science investigations and/or field and laboratory experiments. Projects, funded from $30,000 to $200,000, should lead to the feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers.

While the program operates regionally, state programs deliver train-the-trainer programs locally and provide outreach in each Northeast state.  West Virginia has two state coordinators, Barbara Liedl at West Virginia State University and Doolarie Singh-Knights at WVU.  

Barbara E. Liedl, PhD Doolarie Singh-Knights, PhD
West Virginia State University West Virginia University
liedlbe@wvstateu.edu  DoSingh-Knights@mail.wvu.edu 
304-204-4037 (304) 293-7606
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