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Grants to USA Nonprofit and Governmental Institutions in Multiple
States for Research and Outreach to Enhance Agriculture

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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Grants to USA nonprofit and governmental research institutions in multiple western states and eligible territories for research and education projects that enhance the agricultural industry. Pre-proposals must be submitted prior to the full application. Applicants may be located in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Overview: Western SARE funds proposals that examine innovative research technologies and creative extension approaches that advance Western SARE goals (below) and are economically viable, protect the environment, and are socially responsible. Western SARE projects must contain both research and education components and involve agricultural producers from inception to finish in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any WSARE-funded project.

Requirements for Research & Education Pre-Proposals:

-Incorporate both research and education in the project.
-Bring together a team of researchers, ag professionals, and producers to plan and implement the project.
- Include a minimum of three separate producers.
- Outline educational outreach plans for producers and agricultural professionals.
- Produce quantifiable scholarly and educational products for producers and agricultural professionals
- Address the goals of Western SARE.

Western SARE Goals:

-Promote good stewardship of the nation’s natural resources by providing site-specific, regional and profitable sustainable farming and ranching methods that strengthen agricultural competitiveness; satisfy human food and fiber needs; maintain and enhance the quality and productivity of soil; conserve soil, water, energy, natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat; and maintain and improve the quality of surface and ground water.

-Enhance the quality of life of farmers and ranchers and ensure the viability of rural communities, for example, by increasing income and employment, especially profitable self-employment and innovative marketing opportunities in agricultural and rural communities.

-Protect the health and safety of those involved in food and farm systems by reducing, where feasible and practical, the use of toxic materials in agricultural production, and by optimizing on-farm resources and integrating, where appropriate, biological cycles and controls.

-Promote crop, livestock, and enterprise diversification.

-Examine the regional, economic, social and environmental implications of adopting sustainable agriculture practices and systems.

For Congress's definition of sustainable agriculture, see page 2 of the Request for Pre-Applications document below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181468

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total funds requested may not exceed $350,000 over the entire budget period.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be 1 to 3 years in length. Please note that applicants should not choose a start date prior to April 1, 2020.

For details on Long-Term vs. Short-Term grants, see page 3 of the Call for Pre-Proposals document.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants need to reside in the Western region of the United States and should have the capability to conduct both research and extension/outreach activities.

Proposed projects can be located at any institution, including nongovernmental organizations, that has demonstrated fiscal responsibility and expertise in sustainable agriculture, and is able and qualified to receive funds from the U.S. Government. Multi-state and multi-agency collaborations within the Western region are encouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

Research & Education Grant Schedule:

- May 28, 2019 – Pre-proposals due at 12:00 pm (noon) MDT.
- August 2019 – Principal Investigators are informed of pre-proposal status. Selected applicants are invited to submit full proposals.
- November 8, 2019 – Full proposals of selected pre-proposal are due.
- January 2020 – A Technical Review Panel reviews and recommends full
proposals for funding.
- March 2020 – Western SARE Administrative Council selects full proposals for funding.

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Contact Information:

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

SARE grant management system:

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-4789

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)