AGRI Crop Research Grants are intended to generate applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, or value. Applied research utilizes 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 activities or outcomes that involve or inform underserved agricultural producers such as:
    • Emerging farmers including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, young and beginning farmers, LGBTQ+ farmers, and others
    • Rural communities with limited economic opportunities

The Project Evaluation Profile in the Request for Proposals (page 12) can help you understand how applications are scored.

Amount Available

The MDA anticipates awarding approximately $1,000,000 in competitive grants in Fiscal Year 2021.

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


Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. Central Time on November 30, 2021.

Read the 2022 Request for Proposals (PDF) for eligibility and requirements and apply using our online application system.

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

To help you prepare, review previous grantee projects and outcomes and the Q&A page. You may also request a copy of a prior application (with the budget section and letters of support removed).