Agricultural & Ecological

Research Grants


Greenacres Foundation partners with qualified institutions to conduct research in regenerative agriculture, and environmental and ecological studies. We have provided more than $4 million in research grants, with a yearly grant cycle encouraging continual exploration and innovation. This grant program reflects Greenacres’ dedication to cultivating sustainable practices, broadening ecological knowledge, and supporting the research community in these endeavors.

Grant Information

Grant Cycle Opens: Early December
Letters of Intent Due: Early January

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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 Louis and Louise Nippert who operated Greenacres as a mid-twentieth century gentleman’s farm from 1948 to 2012.

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 preserve the integrity of all land owned and purchased by Greenacres Foundation in order 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.

Use the links below to learn more about the specifics of each grant program.


The Greenacres grant process has 2 components.  In part 1, applicants submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) which is a 1-page document describing the proposed research project. LOIs are reviewed by the grant review committee and some projects will be selected to move forward. In Part 2, applicants write a full proposal describing in depth the objectives, methods, budget, and proposed outcomes of the project. Proposals must support the Greenacres mission and applicants are encouraged to share knowledge learned with land owners, land managers, farmers, or ranchers.  Translational research projects that include both researchers and practitioners are prioritized.  Projects generally last between 24 and 48 months and at least one peer-reviewed publication is the minimum outcome to be considered for funding.

Recently Funded Research Projects

  • Improving Restoration of Forrest Understory: Experimental Deer Exclosure, Invasive Plant Management and Enrichment Planting (Miami University)
  • Beef phytochemical/phenol secondary analysis: Enhancing the phytochemical richness of beef by grass-finishing systems (Michigan State University)
  • Propagation methods and restoration success of spring ephemerals (Northern Kentucky University)
  • Novel monitoring strategies to assess forest recovery processes (Kent State University)
  • Long-term effects of co-composted biochar on soil health, crop yields, and greenhouse gas emissions in an integrated crop-livestock system (The Ohio State University)
  • Egg phytochemical/phenol secondary analysis: Enhancing the phytochemical richness of eggs with pasture raising systems (Michigan State University)

Research Updates

tall metal-framed deer exclosure in the forest in early spring
Improving Restoration of Forest Understory
Arts and Agriculture Come Together in New Documentary Film
small white mushrooms on moss log
Ecology and Environment Research Grants

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