MDA grants available now for crop research

Apply by November 24, 2020 for applied research funding

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting grant applications for applied crop research that improves agricultural product quality, quantity, or value in Minnesota. The MDA anticipates awarding up to $1,000,000 in total.
Minnesota-based organizations with agricultural research capabilities may apply for funding to improve the state’s $10 billion crop production industry. Grants reimburse up to the total cost of a project, with a maximum award of $250,000 per project.
Research projects with an outreach plan that addresses inequities and/or disparities experienced by diverse racial and ethnic communities including Native American tribal communities, and rural communities with limited economic opportunities will receive bonus points. In addition, preference will also be given to applicants researching crops that have limited access to other research funds.
Applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program Crop Research Grant received by 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2020 will be included in the competitive review process. The online application is available at the AGRI Crop Research Grant website.
Funding for the Crop Research Grant was established through the AGRI Program which administers grants to farmers, agribusinesses, schools, and more throughout the state of Minnesota. The AGRI Program exists to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy sectors.
Brief descriptions of projects awarded last year can be found on the MDA website.

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