Research Grants

Regenerative Agriculture

Greenacres Foundation is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and was established in 1988 with the intent of preserving the land for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The land includes both farmland and woodlands and Greenacres has since grown to encompass 3 properties: Indian Hill, OH; Lewis Township (Brown County), OH; and Michaela Farm, Oldenburg, IN.

Greenacres Foundation seeks research proposals that enhance our understanding of agricultural practices identified as “regenerative.” Regenerative practices lead to positive outcomes for soil, land, water, climate, and farmer/rancher welfare.

Research proposals should be systems-level and aim to fill knowledge gaps in the field of regenerative agriculture. Examples of specific outcomes include but are not limited to:

  • Advancing the understanding of ecosystem processes occurring in regenerative systems.
  • Improving soil health using agro-ecological principles
  • Improving resiliency of agricultural lands.
  • Advancing perennial/pasture-based food production systems.
  • Integrating livestock into cropping systems.
  • Understanding the impact of production practices on the nutrient density of food

Greenacres research grants are intended to support research projects resulting in peer-reviewed scientific journal publications. Publications are required to be open access.

Grant Information

Grant Budget: $100,000 – $400,000
Letter of Intent Opening: December 1st, 2023
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 15th, 2024

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Eligibility for Funding

Researchers, graduate students, and extension professionals from domestic non-profit (501(c)(3)) organizations are eligible to apply. Proposals should support the Greenacres Mission:

Greenacres will always reflect the style and grace of founders, Louis and Louise Nippert. Our mission is

To preserve for the public an area reflecting the traditional environment of Indian Hill and its historical significance by preserving Greenacres in its current state of woodland and farmland.

To encourage conservation and appreciation of nature by providing the public, particularly children, opportunities to study plant and animal life in their natural settings.

To encourage appreciation of music and culture by providing facilities and an atmosphere that will encourage artists to display their talents for all age groups.

Applicants must have an interest in sharing knowledge with land owners, farmers and/or ranchers. Translational research projects that include both researchers and practitioners will be prioritized. Projects are preferred to be completed within 36 months of funding date.

How to Apply

This funding opportunity is a two-step process in which applicants will first submit a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to Greenacres describing the proposed project. All letters will be reviewed within two weeks of the LOI due date. For projects receiving additional consideration, applicants will receive a link to complete a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) due within two months.

Please verify your grant eligibility status before submitting a one-page LOI through our application form. The LOI should describe the research question and its significance, the approach that will be used to answer the proposed research question, and an overall budget estimate. Note, indirect costs are not funded by Greenacres and should not be included in overall budget estimate. Greenacres has land available for research projects by request, and applicants should indicate their interest in using Greenacres’ land for their project in the LOI. Preferred browsers for proposal submission are Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

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