Innovation lies at the heart of everything AURI does throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. It’s a key component of the organization’s mission and actions, and now AURI takes a further step by announcing the launch of its Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program.

The program, which has a total budget of $50,000, will catalyze innovation and generate new ideas, while supporting collaborative partnerships. At the same time, it will direct research and technology transfer opportunities that either add value to Minnesota’s agricultural products or improve efficiencies in their processing.

Work and research done as part of the AIP program will focus its energy in four areas of focus, including:

Biobased Products: Exploring the development and use of renewable materials in plastics, films, building materials, lubricants, sealants and more.

Coproducts: Creating new uses and revenue streams from processing side-streams, byproducts or agricultural residues.

Food: Assisting businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize new and safe food products utilizing Minnesota agricultural products.

Renewable Energy: Expanding the production of renewable energy from agricultural products for fuels, heat and electricity.

Deliverables from the program, which hopes to fund multiple proposals, will include applied research studies and guides or tools. The applied research must answer specific, practical questions, or explore ideas and technologies having practical business application. Guides or tools include research findings formatted and organized as guides for easy use by entrepreneurs and businesses.

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

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