Research priorities

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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

Funding organizations

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.

Research grants

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 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.