Montana Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Grant Program

Montana Department of Agriculture

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 15, 2019 4:00pm PST

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group Individuals

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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Montana Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Program

Pulse crop production has grown in significance in Montana, which became the leading lentil producing state in 2010. Acreage of pulse crops more than tripled between 2009 and 2011. Pea, lentil and chickpea crops provide additional revenue for farmers and fix nitrogen that can be used to boost grain crops following pulse crops in a rotation.

The Montana Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Program was created by a vote of pea, lentil and chickpea producers following a process outlined in the Agricultural Commodity Research and Market Development Enabling Act (MCA 80-11-5)

The primary goal of the Montana Pulse Research & Market Development Program as stated in the enabling legislation, "In order to protect and foster the health, prosperity, and general welfare of the people of Montana, it is declared to be the public policy of this state to encourage and promote intensive, scientific, and practical research into all phases of agricultural commodity culture, production, marketing, and the development of markets for commodities grown or produced in Montana.” 

The Montana Pulse Advisory Committee invites proposals to fund demonstration projects, applied research and market development projects designed to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities. All research & marketing project applications will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee at the first regular meeting each year and a recommendation made to the department, which projects they would like funded and the amount of funding suggested. Recommended projects will be determined by amount of funds, type of project, need and whether the project is new or on going. Generally, to qualify for consideration, proposals must have practical, nearterm application involving practices or organizational arrangements that will stimulate an expanded pulse industry.

The Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture, which receives advice from the six-member Montana Pulse Crop Advisory Committee. The committee invites proposals to fund research and market development projects to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant eligibility:
    • Proposals for funding will be accepted from:
      • Public and Private Agencies and Organizations
      • Business and Industry 
      • Educational Institutions
      • Local Governments
      • Individuals
        • If two or more individuals or organizations propose to conduct a project jointly, they should submit one application as co-applicants.
    • Applicants must demonstrate a proven ability to carry out all elements of the proposed project.
  • Eligible projects: Eligible projects are as follows: 
    • Conducting research programs to:
      • improve the quality of the Pulse crops
      • develop and improve control measures for disease and pests which attack the pulse crops 
      • other research projects designed to improve the Pulse industry
    • Disseminating current and new research information
    • Developing the Pulse markets, including:
      • conducting market assessments
      • planning and conducting publicity and sales promotion campaigns, including media development and trade show exhibition. 
    • Education
  • Eligible Costs:  Eligible costs under the Montana Pulse Research & Market Development Program may include, but are not limited to:
    • Salaries and Wages
    • Fringe Benefits
    • Consultant Services (professional, technical, operational)
    • Travel
    • Advertising and Promotion
    • Equipment (preferably leased versus direct acquisition)
    • Supplies and Materials
    • Communication (telephone, postage, printing, etc.)
    • Data Processing


  • Program funds cannot be used for the payment of institutional overhead or other indirect costs such as use of land, buildings or equipment. 
  • Employees of the Montana Department of Agriculture and their immediate families, and members of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee and their immediate families are excluded from eligibility for funding under this program.
    • Immediate family includes mother, father, brother, sister, spouse and children.