Details on this page apply to the previous round of funding. Check back in the fall of 2020 when the next application period opens and updated grant details are released.

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 2021.

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


We expect the next application period to begin in fall of 2020; updated program materials will be posted at that time.

To learn more about how the program works, read last year's Request for Proposals (RFP). This grant program is subject to change so you should read the updated RFP when it's posted. You can also review the list of previous recipients and request a copy of an application to help you prepare.

If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact the program administrator.