AGRI Crop Research Grants are intended to generate applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, or value.

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Eligibility and Funding Priorities

Any Minnesota organization, research entity, individual, or business with agricultural research capability is eligible to apply and receive funding.

Applied crop research projects that have near term (three to seven years) benefits for Minnesota agriculture are eligible for funding. Research projects must be conducted in Minnesota.

Preference will be given to projects with:

  • research on crops that have limited access to other research funds;
  • in-kind support from an organization that is participating in the project or an have investment in the research from other sources; and
  • outreach to underserved agricultural producers.

Amount Available

The MDA anticipates awarding up to $1,050,000 in competitive grants in Fiscal Year 2020.

The maximum grant award is $250,000 per project. Projects can last up to three years.


The application period is now open. All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. CST on November 26, 2019.

Read the Request for Proposals (PDF) for eligibility and requirements. If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact the program administrator.