SARE (the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program) is a competitive USDA CSREES grants program funded by Congress. The Graduate Student Grant Program provides funds to students enrolled in graduate programs or in veterinary medicine residence programs at accredited colleges or universities in the North Central region who are exploring some aspect of sustainable agriculture as part of their educational program. The North Central region (NCR) includes: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Proposals are to be written by the student who will coordinate and conduct the project, with input from her or his major advisor. A link to the 2008 Call for Graduate Student Proposals is available at www.sare.org/ncrsare — or contact the NCR-SARE office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-3113. A student is allowed to receive only one NCR-SARE Graduate Student grant during her or his student career. The student must be officially registered as a graduate student or resident (according to his or her institution’s requirements) at the time the project begins.
The funding level for 2008 is dependent upon appropriations from Congress and decisions by the NCR-SARE Administrative Council, but it is anticipated that roughly $150,000 will be available to fund about 15 grant projects. Individual grants, which will not exceed $10,000, will be available for projects lasting up to three years (36 months).
Proposals must be received in the NCR-SARE office in St Paul, Minnesota, by 4:30 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, January 23, 2008.