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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: TBD

No longer accepting applications for MPGI Travel Awards for 2018

To apply, fill out the online application form. Please note that MPGI no longer accepts paper copies of this form.

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.

Applicants will be notified the week of January 8, 2018. Anyone who receives funding will be expected to participate in the MPGI Annual 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

There are no llumina Sequencing Grants being awarded at this time.


Equipment Grants

There are no equipment grants being awarded at this time.


Recruitment Awards

The deadline for proposals for the 2017 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