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Crop Research Grant Program 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP)


The Crop Research Grant Program is intended to generate applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, and/or value.

Who's Eligible

Any Minnesota organization, research entity, individual, or business with agricultural research capability is eligible to apply and receive funding.  See the RFP for more detail.

What's Eligible and Amount Available

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.

  • 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.
  • Mulit-year projects are preferred. 

$1.7 million in funding will be allocated for the next round of funding. The maximum grant award is $250,000. Projects can last up to 3 years.

Application Period

The application period is open from September 2015 to November 2015.  The deadline for submissions is November 20, 2015.

Link to Application

Apply on-line.
For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB  / 8 pages).

Request for Proposals (RFP) and application (PDF: 457 KB / 18 pages)
** MAC Users: Please complete the form using Adobe Reader. **

Frequently Asked Questions

All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to the grant administrator at david.weinand@state.mn.usAll questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the FAQ site.

Previous Recipients

Summary of funded grant projects. 

MDA Contact

David Weinand, Program Administrator

Ag Marketing & Development Division