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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Faculty Researchers for Projects Related to Sustainable Agriculture

Sabbatical Research and Education Grants


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Funding Source
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/21/23 12:00 PM (noon) MST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $75,000 to USA, Canada, and International faculty researchers for projects related to sustainable agriculture. Funding is intended to support collaborative education and research projects of researchers, producers, educators, and students conducted within the Western U.S. region. Preference will be given to projects focused on unexplored topics in underserved communities and understudied geographic locations.

Western SARE Sabbatical Grants provide an opportunity for faculty around the world to partner with farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, and researchers of the Western  U.S. region for conducting research, education, and extension activities. 

Western SARE funds proposals that present innovative research and educational outreach for advancing sustainable agriculture practices in the Western U.S.* Sabbatical projects must contain both research and education components by bringing together a team of local partners (researchers, students, educators, and producers) along with a Sabbatical researcher to develop research, education, and human capacity at the Sabbatical Host Institution location. Sabbatical grants must address local research and education needs with special emphasis on underserved communities, understudied geographic locations, and/or unexplored topics. The goal of this grant program is to obtain results that are applicable to agricultural production, sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resources upon which agriculture depends, improve the profitability of agricultural producers and associated businesses, and enhance the quality of life of agricultural communities. 

*The Western Region includes: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern, Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

For a definition of sustainable agriculture, and for Western SARE Goals, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Western SARE Sabbatical applications should include a Host Institution, a Host Principal Investigator (PI) who is a researcher at the Host Institution, a Home Institution, a Sabbatical Researcher (Co-PI) who is a researcher at the Home institution, and at least one agricultural Producer at the location of the Host Institution.

- Sabbatical Researcher: Researchers eligible for a Sabbatical Paid Leave who have the support of their home institution (hereafter Home Institution) and who have demonstrated expertise in sustainable agriculture research and education are eligible to apply for a Western SARE Sabbatical Grant. While applicants for a Western SARE Sabbatical Grant could reside outside the Western region of the United States, including foreign countries, all research and education activities should be conducted within the Western U.S. region. Applications should be done in association with a primary Host Institution located within the Western region, including universities, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Having additional collaborating institutions and research sites in the Western U.S. region is allowed.
- Host Principal Investigator: The PI is responsible for coordinating the project and carrying out its contractual provisions, for all expenditures, and for achieving the stated research and education objectives.
- Producer: A person qualifies as an agricultural Producer (farmer/rancher) if they have a for-profit operation and:
(i) Their primary occupation is farming or ranching and have a farm/ranch taxpayer identification number (TIN); or
(ii) They are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented annual income or equivalent from farming or ranching activities.

All Western SARE Sabbatical applications should be done in association with a Host Institution within the Western U.S. region.

Applications should be submitted from a Host Institution that 1) supports research and education in sustainable agriculture, 2) has demonstrated fiscal responsibility, 3) is able and qualified to receive funds from the U.S. Government, and 4) has the capability to comply with requirements of Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research that involves human subjects and to comply with the requirements of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for research that involves animals.

For Home Institution, Sabbatical Researcher, and Project requirements, see

Under this grant program, funds cannot be used to pay any portion of the sabbatical researcher’s salary or to cover housing costs.

For a list of unallowable costs, see

Pre-Application Information
- November 21, 2023 – Proposals are due by 12:00 PM (noon) MST
- January 2024 – A Technical Review Panel reviews and recommends proposalsfor funding.
- March 2024 –WSARE Administrative Council selects proposals for funding.
- March 2024 – Applicants are informed about their proposal status

Multiple submissions are accepted but only one application (from any one individual applicant) can be awarded funding for any of the Western SARE competitive programs in one grant budget cycle. An exception to this rule is proposals submitted to the Graduate Student program.

For further information, see the Video Recording:

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Estimated Size of Grant
Project funding limit: $75,000

Term of Contract
Projects may be between 6 months and 1 year in length.

Please choose a start date that corresponds with the first of the month. Start dates must be no earlier than April 1, 2024, and no later than October 1, 2024.

Sabbatical grants are non-renewable and non-extendable beyond one-year period.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, please contact the Sabbatical Program Manager, or 406-994-4789.

Western SARE
Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
Bozeman MT 59717-2840
(406) 994-4789

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