Our national and regional research priorities are built around 5 key areas that are aligned with increased sales of milk; technology or knowledge gaps between industry and academia; and faculty expertise.
Our research program is managed by Dairy Research Institute (DRI) and the Midwest Dairy Association (MDA). These non-profit planning and management organizations are funded by dairy checkoff dollars and support both basic and applied dairy product research.
DRI is our national sponsor and awards grants on a nationally-competitive basis to U.S. universities, Federal and State government agencies and domestic non-profit/not-for-profit research organizations.
MDA is our major regional sponsor and allocates $345,000 annually to the center. Regional funds are internally awarded on a competitive basis among the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, and South Dakota State University. Other regional support comes from Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and industry sponsor fees.