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University funding

Funding for ag engineering and food science projects

All funding requests from colleges and universities will be accepted and evaluated as part of an annual, competitive grant process that will be available from April 1 to May 31 each year. The application is now closed and decisions will be communicated in Fall 2022. The funding priorities for 2022 were ag mechanics/engineering and food science/safety. Funding priorities for 2023 will be communicated in Feb. 2023. 
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Overall program priorities and guidelines

All funding requests from colleges and universities will be accepted and evaluated as part of an annual, competitive grant process that will be available from April 1 to May 31 each year. The funding priorities for 2022 are ag mechanics/engineering and food science/safety.

Additional guidelines:

  • Priority given to existing University Partners.
  • Applicants can submit one grant application for each priority area; however, no more than one project per applicant will be funded in any year.
  • Applicants are not eligible for funding in consecutive years; rather, each applicant may only receive funding every other year at most.  For example, if an applicant was awarded funding for a university project in 2021, they are not eligible to receive funding again until 2023.
  • Indirect/overhead costs will be considered up to a maximum of 10% of overall program budget
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Ag mechanics/engineering specifics

The CHS Foundation will support programs that prepare students for technical and engineering careers in agricultural or energy-related fields. Projects with an emphasis on ag machinery and power systems, storage and processing of ag products will be considered.

Priority will be given to programs that:

  • Recruit students to pursue ag mechanics or engineering degrees
  • Provide hands-on experiences for students
  • Develop or enhance ag mechanics/engineering degree programs, curriculum and classes
  • Prepare students for careers in agriculture, energy and cooperative fields
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Food science/safety specifics

The CHS Foundation will support programs that prepare students for careers in food manufacturing, quality, assurance, safety and processing.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Provide hands-on learning to students
  • Develop or enhance food science or food safety degree programs, curriculum and classes
  • Implement innovative approaches to food science, safety and quality control

Funding and exclusions

Funds available to support this program are discretionary and determined annually. There is no commitment by the CHS Foundation to fund any application or make any specific number of awards.

Applications will not be considered for projects related to:

  • Multi-year funding (Funds will only be awarded for one year, regardless of program length)
  • Greenhouse projects
  • General fundraising campaigns—applications must be specifically related to ag mechanics/engineering and food science/safety
  • Operating budget support
  • Construction or renovation projects; the CHS Foundation prefers to fund programming and curriculum projects.
  • Scholarships- as scholarships are already supported through the existing University Partner program.
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