The AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant provides funding that would advance a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond the bench scale/proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant. See the glossary in the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the definition of terms such as proof of concept, commercial scale, pilot plant, etc.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a Minnesota-based company, learning institution, local unit of government, Native American Tribal community, or individual, including for-profit businesses and colleges or universities.
  • Be in good standing with the State of Minnesota (no back taxes). Project partners must also be in good standing.
  • Not be an MDA employee or spouse of an employee.

Project Eligibility

Eligible grant projects will be for the development of innovative bioenergy or biochemical production technology ideas that have advanced beyond proof of concept (documentation of proof of concept is required; see “Project Description” in the Project Proposal section of the RFP, p. 17), and are at the stage of development of scaling up to pilot-plant level.

Amounts Available

We expect to award a total of $150,000 in Fiscal Year 2019. Up to 50% of project costs can be covered by the grant program with a maximum possible award of $150,000.

Funding must be used for:

  • Equipment needed to achieve the goals of the project implementation. All equipment must be
    • Installed in Minnesota; and
    • Be essential for the execution of project tasks as listed in the project work plan.
  • Wages, software, and anything else specific to the pilot plant project grant expenses necessary to perform the tasks of the grant project’s work plan.


Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Read the full Request for Proposals and apply online. If you need the application in an alternative format, please contact the program administrator.