We're no longer accepting applications for this year's program. Details on this page apply to the Fiscal Year 2024 round of funding. The next application period opens in fall of 2024.

AGRI Crop Research Grants are intended to generate applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, or value. Applied research uses existing scientific knowledge to develop practical applications, like technology, techniques, or inventions.

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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 with outcomes that are transferrable to agricultural groups other than the grantee.

This grant will prioritize:

  • Research on crops that have limited access to other research funds
  • Projects with an outreach plan describing how activities or outcomes meaningfully involve, inform, or benefit underserved agricultural producers, such as:
    • Emerging farmers, including women, veterans, persons with disabilities, American Indian or Alaskan Natives, members of a community of color, young farmers, and farmers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+).
    • Rural communities with limited economic opportunities.

The Project Evaluation Profile in the Request for Proposals can help you understand how applications are scored.

Amount available

The MDA anticipates awarding approximately $1.2 million in Fiscal Year 2024.

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


The application period for the 2023 grant has ended. We expect the next application period to begin in fall of 2024; check back for updated program materials.

  • Carefully read the 2024 Crop Research Request for Proposals (PDF) for eligibility and requirements.
  • Review the Q&A and the Recipients & Results pages to help you prepare.
    • You may also request a copy of a prior application (with the budget section and letters of support removed).
  • Apply online.
    • If you are a new user, you will need to create an account.
    • Once you are logged in, select “AGRI Crop Research Grant.”

Contact us if you need this information in an alternative format.

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