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Agricultural Innovation Partnership Program

AURI is proud to announce the fourth installment of the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program. This program will help catalyze innovation, generate new ideas and support collaborative partnerships that advance Minnesota’s value-added agricultural industry.

Deliverables from the program include applied research studies as well as guides or tools to aid private companies utilizing Minnesota’s agricultural products.

Applied research must answer specific, practical questions, or explore ideas and technologies having practical business applications.

Guides or tools include research findings formatted and organized as resources for easy use by entrepreneurs and businesses.

AURI will consider proposals spanning the value-added agricultural sector, however proposals addressing the following topic areas are of particular interest:

  1. Building and Enhancing a Food Fish (indoor & outdoor) Industry in Minnesota
  2. Demystifying Digital Marketing and E-Commerce for Minnesota Food Businesses
  3. Marketing Guide for Food Businesses
  4. Food Ecosystem Benchmarking Study

Information generated through the AIP program is public domain and shared with the intent of helping producers, entrepreneurs, businesses and agricultural processors explore opportunities and technologies in the areas of biobased products, food, renewable energy and coproducts.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is July 31, 2020. For complete program criteria and information on how to submit a proposal, click here to download a copy of the AIP program guidelines. For further information, contact AURI Senior Director of Innovation & Commercialization, Jennifer Wagner-Lahr at