CSANR administers several grant programs, each with its own goals and intended recipients. Please click on a grant title for further information and application details. Detailed reports and research details are available for projects funded by BIOAg funds in the CSANR Grants Database.
BIOAg is a competitive program intended to stimulate research, extension and education investments by WSU scientists. The goal of this grant program is to engage a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of WSU faculty in projects that further the development, understanding, and use of biologically intensive and/or organic principles, practices, and technologies to improve the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in Washington State. The RFP is typically posted in October. Three grant types are typically available:
- BIOAg Project Grants – $40,000 max; letter of intent due in November; application proposal due in December.
- BIOAg Project Planning Grants – $10,000 max; rolling deadline.
- BIOAg Outreach/Extension Curriculum mini-grants – $5000 max; rolling deadline.
The SARE Professional Development Program is designed to help Extension, Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agricultural professionals increase their ability to respond to the needs of farmers, ranchers, and the public regarding sustainable agriculture concepts and systems. In Washington State, SARE PDP is part of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR). The goal of our professional development program is to help WSU Extension, CDs, NRCS, and other agency personnel to gain knowledge and skills that will help them serve their constituents in these areas to promote the health of Washington’s people, land, and communities. The RFP is typically posted in fall/early winter with a soft deadline. Two grant types are typically available:
- Event Hosting – $2500 max; funds available to host a professional development event to serve Extension educators, Conservation District personnel and other ag professionals.
- Event Attending – $1000 max; funds available to attend a professional development event.
Proposals are sought on the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other educational-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire–the area east of the Washington Cascades and north of the Salmon River in Idaho. The RFP is typically posted in January and proposals are due in March. $1500-$5000 max.
Organic Grant Program (archive only)
In 2003 the CSANR launched an organic farming research program to serve the Pacific Northwest. This Federally supported research program supported the expansion of crop production research and initiated economic and market research of organic foods. The grant program completed its second and final 5-year funding cycle in 2013. Projects are no longer funded by this program but research reports and archival information is available.