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Northeast SARE Invites Preproposals for Grant Programs by July 10

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Burlington--The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is seeking applications for 2019 projects for three grant programs: Research and Education, Professional Development and Research for Novel Approaches.

Each grant program requires a preproposal, due online by July 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Projects must be conducted in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia or Washington, D.C.

Applicants selected to submit full proposals will be contacted in mid-August with proposals due on Oct. 30. Projects awards will be made in late February 2019. More information on how to apply, including instructions for developing a preproposal, may be found at

The Research and Education Program funds applied research and farmer education projects on sustainable farming and food system topics. Projects must engage farmers as cooperators; aim for specific, measurable change in farm practices; and have a plan to verify results. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $200,000.

The Professional Development Program funds train-the-trainer projects about sustainable agriculture concepts and techniques for Extension educators, non-profit personnel and other agricultural service providers. Projects must specify measurable changes in service providers' education and training of farmers. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $150,000.

The Research for Novel Approaches Program funds applied research conducted through social science investigations and/or field and laboratory experiments. Projects should lead to the feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $200,000.

To decide which grant program is the best fit for their project, applicants are encouraged to use Northeast SARE's grant decision tree ( Questions about the grants program should be directed to

Northeast SARE, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, offers competitive grants and sustainable agriculture education. It is housed within University of Vermont Extension, a unit of UVM's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.