AGRI Crop Research Grant Program

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

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Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 28, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: For-Profit Business College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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AGRI Crop Research Grant Program

The Crop Research Grant is a component of the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI) that was established at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries (MS41A.12). The AGRI Program focuses on areas of greatest opportunity and potential economic impact to create agricultural jobs and profitable businesses in the areas of livestock investment, value added business and market development, crop production and processing research, and renewable energy. 

Program Goals

The Crop Research Grant Program is intended to generate applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, and/or value. The AGRI Crop Research Grant Program is intended to generate applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, and/or value. To achieve this end, the MDA anticipates awarding up to $2 million for competitive grants for applied research that creates public, transferable information with near term (3 to 7 years) benefits for Minnesota farmers and the State’s economy. The maximum grant award will be $250,000. Projects can last up to 3 years. Proposals must include an outreach plan describing how results will be shared with appropriate audiences. 

Eligible Projects

Applied crop research projects that have near term (3 to 7 years) benefits for Minnesota agriculture, its producers and associated industries are eligible for funding. Research projects must be conducted in Minnesota.

Project examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Research that increases crop yield or production efficiency.
  • Research that improves traits for market or climate.
  • Research that develops new crops, cover crops, and specialty crops.
  • Research that advances new uses for existing or new crops.
  • Research that involves crop breeding.

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  • Any Minnesota organization, research entity, individual, or business with agricultural research capability is eligible to apply and receive funding. 
    •  This includes: farmers/farmer networks, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities.
    • Applicants and subcontractors must be in compliance with Minnesota tax and environmental regulatory requirements to be eligible for funding.
  • Research projects must be conducted in Minnesota.


  • Preference will be given to research on crops with limited access to other research funds.
  • While a grant match is not required, proposals that show in-kind support from the applicant or project partners, or an investment in the research from other sources are preferred.
  • Multi-year projects are preferred. 


  • Ineligible Applicants:
    • Applicants who are not located in Minnesota are not eligible. MDA employees are not eligible.
  • Ineligible Projects:
    • Basic research projects are not eligible for funding.
    • Projects that would benefit only a specific business entity or individual and would not result in public information and benefit are not eligible for funding. 
  • Ineligible Expenses:
    • General operations, overhead and other indirect costs.
    • Capital improvements such as construction of buildings, land purchases, or building/laboratory improvements.
    • Equipment costing over $5,000 unless included in proposal and essential to the proposed research.
    • Advertising and marketing expenses.
    • Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges or contingency funds.
    • Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services.
    • Entertainment, amusement, diversion, social activities, gifts, and any costs directly associated with such costs (such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, alcohol, and gratuities). 
    • International travel unless explicitly approved.
    • Airfare costs in excess: airfare costs that exceed the customary standard commercial airfare (coach or equivalent).
    • Fundraising including financial campaigns, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions regardless of the purpose for which the funds will be used. 
    • Lobbying – including costs of membership in organizations substantially engaged in lobbying.
    • Political activities.