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

There are no travel grants being awarded at this time.

We are not awarding travel grants for the fall but we expect to offer them for the next round of applications in the spring.


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 2018 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