Research priorities

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.

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Funding organizations

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.

Research grants

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.