The purpose of the BIG program is to foster the growth of the bioscience industry in the state. Applicants applying should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Supporting biotechnology innovation and commercialization in areas including:
    • Crop genetics;
    • Biofuels;
    • Biomaterials;
    • Biosensors and biotechnology in relation to food, nutrition, animals, humans, equipment, medical and health products and services;
    • Medical diagnostics;
    • Medical therapeutics; and
    • Farm-based pharmaceuticals;
  • Promoting the creation of bioscience jobs in the state to be filled by graduates from institutions under the control of the state board of higher education;
  • Encouraging the development of new bioscience technologies and bioscience startup companies in the state;
  • Leveraging the agriculture industry in the state to support the development of bioscience technologies impacting livestock operations and crop production;
  • Promoting bioscience research and development at institutions under the control of the state board of higher education;
  • Encouraging coordination and collaboration among other entities and programs in the state to promote bioscience innovation goals.

All applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered eligible to apply:

  • Employ at least two employees
  • Have documented sales of less than $2,500,000; and
  • Be a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership registered in North Dakota

Funding cannot be used for:

  • Capital improvements
  • Academic programming or curriculum
  • Workforce training

All budget revisions must be requested via email.


Submitting Applications

(application available under Related Resources on this page)

A complete application must contain all information requested and have original signature of the applicant. Electronic applications must be signed.

The completed application must be submitted on or before the deadline of 11:59 pm CDT, Sunday, March 31, 2024, via email to, or postmarked on or before the deadline and mailed to:

North Dakota Department of Agriculture
Bioscience Innovation Grant
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 602
Bismarck  ND 58505-0020


Bioscience Innovation Grant Program (BIG) Contacts

Bioscience Innovation Grant Program (BIG) Contacts

Madison Bodine 
Ag Development Specialist 
BIG Program Specialist

600 East Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602 
Bismarck, ND 58505