Our national and regional research priorities are built around 5 key areas that are aligned with increased sales of milk; technology or knowledge gaps between industry and academia; and faculty expertise.
- Analytical tools and testing methods
- Dairy-based ingredients
- Manufacturing, quality and functionality
- Safety, flavor and nutritional profiles
- Value-added products
Our research program is managed by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and Midwest Dairy. These non-profit planning and management organizations are funded by dairy checkoff dollars and support both basic and applied dairy product research.
NDC is our national sponsor and awards grants on a nationally-competitive basis to U.S. universities, Federal and State government agencies and domestic non-profit/not-for-profit research organizations.
Midwest Dairy is our major regional sponsor and allocates $345,000 annually to the center. Regional funds are internally awarded on a competitive basis among the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, and the University of Missouri. Other regional support comes from industry sponsor fees.