Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants and outreach program.
What is SARE and what does it fund?
SARE is divided into four regions with the Southern SARE program operating under the cooperative agreements of University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Southern SARE supports sustainable agriculture efforts in 13 states and two U.S. territories.
Southern SARE funds several different competitive grant programs, and each type of grant benefits a specific target audience.
Who is eligible for a SARE grant?
SARE grants are open to farmers/ranchers, researchers, educators, graduate students, government agencies, community groups, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and agribusinesses.
The following table provides information about our Calls for Proposals process, and how the grants are reviewed and awarded. You can find more detailed information about how the grant program works for each grant type in SARE's How It Works publication.
Research and Education Grants encourage a systems approach to sustainable agriculture. They are mainly designed for teams of interdisciplinary researchers.
Research Proposal Deadline: June 3, 2022
Education Proposal Deadline: August 5, 2022
Professional Development Program Grants further education and outreach strategies
for professionals and educators who work directly with farmers and ranchers.
Closed: August 30, 2021 5:00 PM EST
Graduate Student Grants provide sustainable ag research opportunities for Master's and PhD students.
Deadline: May 6, 2022
On-Farm Research Grants provide opportunities for agriculture professionals working directly with farmers and ranchers on sustainable agriculture efforts.
Closed: December 3, 2021 12:00 PM EST
Producer Grants enable farmers and ranchers to test a sustainable agriculture idea using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique.
Closed: November 12, 2021 12:00 PM EST