Western SARE Competitive Grants Research and Education Program by RichieMcCaw


									   Western SARE Competitive Grants                                                   Western SARE Goals

   Research and Education Program                                               1.   Promote good stewardship of the
                                                                                     nation’s natural resources by
                                                                                     providing site-specific, regional and
    2010 Request for Full Applications                                               profitable sustainable farming and
                                                                                     ranching methods that strengthen
                                                                                     agricultural competitiveness; satisfy
                                                                                     human food and fiber needs; maintain
                        Congratulations from the Western Sustainable                 and enhance the quality and
                        Agriculture Research and Education program                   productivity of soil; conserve soil,
                                                                                     water, energy, natural resources and
                        administered at Utah State University in Logan,              fish and wildlife habitat; and maintain
                        Utah. Your pre-application has been chosen for               and improve the quality of surface
                        submission of a full application and possible                and ground water.
                        funding. This Request for Full Applications is          2.   Enhance the quality of life of farmers
                                                                                     and ranchers and ensure the viability
                        your guide in submitting. Please read and consider           of rural communities, for example, by
                        this information carefully, along with any                   increasing income and employment,
If you have questions
                        comments from the Administrative Council review              especially profitable self-employment
contact us at:                                                                       and innovative marketing
                        as you prepare the full application. Remember that
                        the Western SARE Administrative Council will                 opportunities in agricultural and rural
Western SARE                                                                         communities.
Room 305                select applications, after the final review, that are   3.   Protect the health and safety of those
Ag. Science Bldg.       diverse in content, subject matter and geography;            involved in food and farm systems by
Utah State University   that demonstrate tangible outcomes; and that                 reducing, where feasible and
4865 Old Main Hill      provide readily adaptable technologies and                   practical, the use of toxic materials in
Logan, UT                                                                            agricultural production, and by
                        information suitable to the adopting of sustainable          optimizing on-farm resources and
84322-4865              farming and ranching systems by producers in the             integrating, where appropriate,
                        Western Region.                                              biological cycles and controls.
(435) 797-2257                                                                  4.   Promote crop, livestock and
(435) 797-3344 fax                                                                   enterprise diversification.
wsare@usu.edu           Important note: Congress mandates that the
                                                                                5.   Examine the regional, economic,
http://wsare.usu.edu    SARE grant program depart from “business as                  social and environmental implications
                        usual.” To that end, the Administrative Council              of adopting sustainable agriculture
Host Institution:       requires that agricultural producers be involved             practices and systems.
Utah State University   from start to finish in the planning, design,
                        implementation and educational outreach of any
SARE is a USDA          SARE-funded project. Token representation of
competitive grants      producers is not allowed.
program that
                        As you develop your application, remember that            Timetable for 2010 R&E
supports agricultural
                        this is a Research and Education grant program,         Competitive Grants Program
systems that are
                        not a Research or Education program. You must
economically viable,
                        have both elements in your application. In addition,    •    Research and Education
                        Western SARE requires that all funded projects:
sound and socially                                                                   applications are due by 5
responsible.              • Include a minimum of 3 separate producers for            p.m., MST, Nov. 13, 2009
                            on-farm testing
                                                                                •    Technical review panel
Alaska, American          • Detailed educational outreach plans to                   meets in January 2010
Samoa, Arizona,             producers and agricultural professionals
California, Colorado,                                                           •    Western SARE
Guam, Hawaii, Idaho,      • Quantifiable scholarly and educational
                            products with distribution techniques to                 Administrative Council
Micronesia, Montana,
Nevada, New Mexico,         producers and Extension /NRCS field office               makes final selections in
Northern Mariana            staffs                                                   March 2010
Islands, Oregon,
Utah, Washington,       Harnessing the skills and knowledge of farmers          •    Principle Investigators of
Wyoming                 and ranchers from a project’s germination is                 funded grant applications
                        essential to your receiving funding and ensuring             are informed by June 1,
                        success with your project.                                   2010
Western SARE Research and Education Grants
The Western SARE Administrative Council encourages projects that:

   •   Recognize the importance of whole-farm or whole-ranch systems approaches
   •   Utilize multiple disciplines (project cooperators) to assist in the project
   •   Produce impacts and outcomes that can be identified, measured and disseminated
   •   Address weak links or information gaps in a whole-farm or whole-ranch system
   •   Include educational outreach to producers and educational products to state extension and
       NRCS field offices
   •   Incorporate research and education efforts with on-farm/ranch projects
   •   Use both research methods and educational outreach components to accomplish the
       SARE goal of producer adoption on the ground

As you conceptualize and create your pre-application, keep in mind the Western SARE goals.

An important and practical element of the granting process is following directions. Each year,
Western SARE disqualifies applications before review because applicants fail to follow
directions. Here are other important matters to consider in your grant writing and the reviewing

   •   Your project’s primary focus should be to:

           o Conduct both research and extension (educational outreach) based
             sustainable agriculture work with producers.

           o Produce scholarly and educational materials.

           o Conduct outreach – disseminate your findings to producers and agricultural
             professionals (Extension and USDA-NRCS, sustainable and conventional
             agricultural organizations, nonprofits, NGOs, etc.).

           o Assist with producer adoption of your findings

   •   Your application and all deliberations by reviewers regarding its merits will remain

   •   While your application and its review will remain confidential, the Western SARE
       program considers all funded applications and subsequent reports and related information
       to be in the public domain. (See details of this stipulation in Appendix A of this request
       for application.)

Western SARE Research & Education Full Application Criteria:
  •   Abstract/Summary: Summarize what your project is about. Include such things as how
      it is distinctive and creative. What problems or situations are being addressed? Why is
      this project important? Include the context in which the problem exists and the impact it
      is currently having. (Approximately 1000 characters or 100 plain text words)

  •   Introduction: Include background on the problem along with a literature review and
      required database search findings. (Approximately 4000 character or 900 plain text words)

  •   Objectives/Performance Targets: Numeral list of objectives and their respective
      Performance Targets. (Approximately 4000 character or 900 plain text words) (This is a numbered list)

  •   Materials and Methods: Describe the project design, research methods, materials and
      project site (experiment station research plots, private farm, non-profit demonstration
      farm, etc.). (Approximately 4000 characters or 900 plain text words)

  •   Measuring results/outcomes: How are you going to measure results/impacts of the
      project? (Approximately 4000 characters or 900 plain text words)

  •   Economic Analysis: How are you going to analyze costs, returns and risks of adopting
      approaches and techniques under study in your project? This would include detailed
      analysis of the inputs required, costs, yields and net returns for each production method
      or system proposed. (Approximately 2000 character or 450 plain text words)

  •   Publications: Numerical list all potential publications emerging from the project. Give
      specific journals, Extension publications, NRCS Field Office Technical Guide materials
      and other educational materials to be produced. Specific examples can include: extension
      publications, videos, photos, posters, slideshows, brochures, fact sheets, surveys, program
      announcements, web-based materials, or any other information or educational materials
      to be produced. (Approximately 3000 characters or 700 Plain text words) (This is a numerical list)

  •   Outreach: Provide a summary of the scheduled educational and outreach programs and
      events, including field days. Also includes an educational program evaluation plan.
         o Producer – educational outreach plans: Detail how you will conduct your
              educational outreach plan to producers in (1) your immediate area, (2) your state,
              and (3) the Western region. (Approximately 3000 characters or 700 Plain text words)
         o Agricultural professionals – educational outreach plans: Detail how you will
              deliver educational products to State/County Extension staffs, NRCS Field
              Offices and other agricultural professionals in (1) your immediate area, (2) your
              state, and (3) the Western region. (Approximately 3000 characters or 700 Plain text words)

  •   Producer adoption: Discuss how you will determine the extent to which producers can
      adopt new technologies, production methods and systems addressed in the project.
      Estimate the number of producers to be reached by your project and the number acres or
      livestock impacted. See Appendix B – Special Notes Regarding Western SARE Logic
      Model. (Approximately 3000 characters or 700 Plain text words)

Other Required Materials:
   •   Budget: This must follow the format in the on-line application
   •   Budget Narrative: All budgeted items must be fully justified.
   •   Current Vita: Current vita of the Principal Investigator only. (Limit of two pages)
   •   Current and Pending Support: Principal Investigators only.

Outside and Technical Panel Reviewers will evaluate each applications for technical merit.
These reviewers will make recommendations to the Western SARE Administrative Council,
which will select projects for funding in the spring of 2010. Western SARE staff will notify all
applicants of the status of their applications by April 2010.

Applications will be judged using the following criteria:
           •      Abstract/Summary                                 10%
           •      Introduction                                     10%
           •      Objectives/Performance Targets                   20%
           •      Materials and Methods                            10%
           •      Measuring results/outcomes                       10%
           •      Economic Analysis                                10%
           •      Publications                                     10%
           •      Outreach
                      o Producers                                  5%
                      o Agricultural professionals                 5%
           •      Producer adoption                                10%

Reviewers will recommend one of the following to the Western SARE Administrative

                                        Must fund
                                        Some Merit
                                        Do Not Fund

How to apply:
Go to: http://wsare.usu.edu/grants and apply. Please remember that the application form is
character sensitive. Be careful if you are cutting & pasting.

Hard copies of this RFA are available by contacting the Western SARE office.

         1. Application deadline is no later than 5 p.m., MST, November 13, 2009.
         2. Signatures are required on the full application. Print signature page and have it
            signed and received into the Western SARE office by the November 13 deadline.

If you have questions about the application process or Western SARE, please contact us.

                Western Region SARE Program                 Phone: (435) 797-2257
                Ag Science Bldg. Rm. 305                    Fax: (435) 797-3344
                4865 Old Main Hill                          email: wsare@usu.edu
                Utah State University
                Logan, UT 84322-4865

In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, this material can
be made available in other formats upon request. Please call (435) 797-2257.

 Western SARE Research & Education Signature Page
                             (Print this page out and mailed in)

 Title: ______________________________________________________________________

 Principal Investigator – print name _____________________________________________

  _____________________________________________               _________________
  Signature of Principal Investigator                         Date

  _____________________________________________               _________________
  Signature of Sponsored Programs Office (or equivalent)      Date

 Animal Welfare Assurance Statement
 The subcontractor acknowledges that USU, and thus Western SARE, is a governmental entity
 and is thus subject to USDA-CSREES IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee)
 guidelines for all warm-blooded vertebrate animal research projects. This includes, but is not
 limited to: beef, swine, poultry, etc. The subcontractor acknowledges that it is his/her
 responsibility to ensure that a bona fide research organization, with a USDA-acknowledged
 IACUC organization and policies, review and oversee the animal welfare issues of the project.
 Otherwise, the subcontractor guarantees that a qualified veterinarian will visit the project and
 certify that the project complies with the research animal welfare guidelines prepared by the
 FASS (Federation of Animal Science Societies), which can be found at:
 http://www.fass.org/care_guide.htm?dept_id=5001&sku=FASS-CUAAA. This will help speed
 the approval process.

    ______________________________________                           __________
    Signature: Principal Investigator                                Date

    ______________________________________                           __________
    Signature: IACUC Representative or Qualified Veterinarian        Date

  If the Animal Welfare Assurance Statement does not apply
place NA on both lines and submit as part of the signature page

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) is funded through the USDA Cooperative
State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) under Chapter 1 of Title XVI of the Food, Agriculture,
Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 and extended by the 1995 Farm Bill reauthorization. The purpose of the
subtitle is to encourage research with education and on-farm demonstration projects designed to increase the
producer knowledge base and assist in the adoption of sustainable practices on the land. Ideally, projects will
integrate research, education and on-farm demonstrations within whole-farm sustainable agricultural systems
involving plants and animals, demonstrating tangible outcomes and addressing Western SARE goals.

Information on sustainable agriculture can be found at the National SARE website,
www.sare.org (the database of SARE projects can be searched under “Project Reports”) and at
the Western SARE website, http://wsare.usu.edu. A list of tips for writing applications can also
be found on the Western SARE website home page.
Another source of information on sustainable agriculture is the Alternative Farming Systems
Information Center (AFSIC), funded in part by SARE. AFSIC specializes in locating, collecting
and providing information about alternative systems, crops and production systems. Information
specialists can answer questions, provide access to materials, provide references to individuals or
organizations identify researchers and research projects within USDA and furnish free
bibliographies and reference briefs. Contact AFSIC at (301) 504-6559 or afsic@nal.usda.edu.
Additional copies of this request for applications can be printed from the Western SARE
website, http://wsare.usu.edu, or by contacting the Western SARE office (435) 797-2257 or
email wsare@usu.edu.

The following are listed at: http://wsare.usu.edu/grants/

    • Required Budgetary Details

    • Appendix A: Special Notes Regarding Western SARE and
      USDA Policies and Requirements

    • Appendix B: Special Notes Regarding Western SARE Logic

    • Appendix C: Types of Participatory Research Based Upon
      Decision Making

    • Budget Narrative:

    •   Current and Pending Support:


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