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MPGI awards funds to member labs to allow post doctoral scholars and graduate students to TRAVEL to scientific conferences, to purchase new and unique pieces of EQUIPMENT and for students to continue RESEARCH. More information on the requirements of each award, as well as awardee information can be found below.

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Travel Grants

Next Travel Grant Deadline: June 15, 2016 for travel July 1- Dec 31, 2016


Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists who work in laboratories belonging to MPGI faculty members are eligible to apply for funds to help support travel to professional meetings, scientific laboratories, or workshops to learn new techniques, or for the collection of biological materials. If funds are to be used for travel to a scientific meeting, the applicant must be making a presentation (talk or poster). A maximum of $800 per person will be awarded. An application must be received by the appropriate deadline, or it will not be accepted. Reimbursements for past trips are not allowed.

To apply, fill out the two-page application form, and email it to You may also hand-deliver or send via campus mail to Kit Leffler, Cargill Building, 1500 Gortner Ave, St. Paul Campus (CDC: 6127)

The MPGI Travel Award Committee will make decisions within 3 weeks after the deadline. Anyone who receives funding will be expected to participate in the MPGI Retreat.

Only one award per calendar year can be made per person. Applications from researchers in labs that have not previously received MPGI funding will be given first consideration.


Illumina Sequencing Grants

The deadline for proposals for the Illumina Sequencing Grants has passed.


Equipment Grants

There are no equipment grants being awarded at this time.


Recruitment Awards

The deadline for proposals for the 2016 MPGI Recruitment Awards has passed. Please view recipients here.


Seed Grants

Figueroa and Co-Investigators Hirsch and Myers Awarded 2016 MPGI Seed Grant

Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Melania Figueroa and co-investigators Cory Hirsch, Plant Pathology Assistant Professor, and Chad Myers, Computer Science and Engineering Associate Professor, were awarded the Microbial and Plant Genome Institute (MPGI) 2016 Seed Grant for their project proposal entitled “Identification of gene networks to understand stem rust susceptibility in wheat.”

The project will explore a new area of stem rust disease research and increase understanding of how susceptibility is dictated when plants are infected by the stem rust pathogen. While the University of Minnesota is already a world leader in the area of rust biology and pathology, this project encompasses a novel and creative approach to combating global rust pathogens and protecting the world’s wheat supply.

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Please view the websites to find other funding opportunities:

CFANS Grant Opportunities

CBS Funding Opportunities

OVPR Funding Opportunities