Center for Dairy Research gets federal innovation grant to commercialize research ideas

The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research has been awarded one of seven $1 million i6 Challenge grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support an effort to commercialize research ideas that will positively impact economic development.

CDR, along with state, industry and university partners, will use the federal funds for work to develop new products for fast-growing Asian markets; create new, higher value uses for cheese and dairy by-products such as whey to grow exports; and develop healthier dairy-based alternatives for school lunch menus.

The Obama Administration launched the i6 Challenge in 2010 to encourage economic growth and innovation. The program provides a new challenge to industry each year, with this year’s challenge focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. The CDR was among seven winning Proof of Concept Centers that will be provided $1 million over a two-year period to help reach its goals and is the first institution in Wisconsin to win such an award.

The effort will get matching support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which will provide $200,000 towards Wisconsin firms that seek to commercialize CDR dairy technologies, and from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), which will provide access to detailed consumer, marketing and product innovation databases and promotional support.

More details are available here on the CALS News site.