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    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The board may establish up to four regional research
institutes in greater Minnesota. Each institute shall be located at or near a postsecondary education
institution whose primary focus is comparable to the mission of the institute.
    Subd. 2. Purpose. The purpose of the institutes is to provide applied research and
development services to individuals, businesses, or organizations for the purposes of developing
the region's economy through the utilization of the region's resources and the development of
technology. Research and development services may include energy conservation consultations,
on-site research, product development grants, testing of production techniques and product
quality and feasibility studies.
    Subd. 3. Institute administration; staff. The board shall appoint a director to manage the
operation of the institute. The director may employ employees and enter into contracts with
postsecondary education governing boards for research services of postsecondary institution
staff, facilities, or equipment.
    Subd. 4. Research contracts. The director of each institute may enter into contracts with
individuals, businesses, or organizations to provide research and development assistance at
institute facilities or at other sites the director determines appropriate. The board shall establish
the overall contract guidelines.
    Subd. 5. Product development grants. The director of each institute may provide product
development grants to those individuals, businesses, or for-profit or nonprofit organizations
that, without financial assistance, would not be able to undertake the development of a product
or technology-related service. The board shall establish eligibility criteria and the terms of the
product development grants.
    Subd. 6. Institute advisory board. A regional research institute advisory board may
be appointed by the board. The advisory board may consist of representatives of public
postsecondary institutions in the area surrounding the institute, business owners, and members of
the general public. Terms and removal of members must be set by the board and the members
of each advisory board shall serve without compensation but shall receive their necessary and
actual expenses. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide the institute director assistance
in operating the institute, review contract proposals and provide recommendations relating to
product development grants.
    Subd. 7. Designated research institute. The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
established in section 116O.09 is designated as one of the regional research institutes authorized
under this section.
History: 1987 c 386 art 2 s 8; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 174; 1993 c 163 art 2 s 7

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