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Grants to USA Nonprofit and Governmental Institutions in Multiple
States for Research and Outreach to Enhance the Agricultural Industry

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

LOI Date:

05/22/20

Deadline Date:

10/29/20

Description:

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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.

The Western SARE AdministrativeCouncil funds proposals that present creative and innovative research and Extension/educational outreach, and technologies that advance Western SARE goals (see above) that are economically viable, protect the environment and are socially responsible. Western SARE projects must contain research and education components and involve agricultural producers from inception to finish in the project’s planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach.

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 groundwater.
  • 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 promoting food sovereignty and 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. 

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 one to three years in length.

Long-Term vs. Short-Term: Some research/Extension work is complex and may require a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that takes many years to complete. To be effective, these projects are likely to exceed the time limits of Western SARE normal one-to-three-year funding cycle.

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. Cross-region applications will be considered when the Principal Investigator is within the Western region. Participants and/or cooperators can be from outside the Western region.

Pre-Application Information:

Research & Education Grant Schedule:

- May 22, 2020 – Pre-proposals due at 12:00 pm (noon) MDT.
- August 2020 – Principal Investigators are informed of pre-proposal status. Selected applicants are invited to submit full proposals.
- October 29, 2020 – Full proposals of selected pre-proposal are due.
- January 2021 – A Technical Review Panel reviews and recommends full proposals for funding.
- March 2021 – Western SARE Administrative Council selects full proposals for funding.

Documents for applying: https://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Documents-for-Applying

Grant writing webinars: https://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Grant-Writing-Webinars

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: https://projects.sare.org/

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

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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)

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