About CDIC

The California Dairy Innovation Center coordinates pre-competitive research and educational training in collaboration with industry, check-off programs, and research/academic institutions throughout the state of California in support of a common set of innovation and productivity goals. A virtual organization created by the California Milk Advisory Board, the CDIC is guided by a Steering Committee that includes California Dairies Inc., California Dairy Research Foundation, California Milk Advisory Board, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Dairy Management Inc., Fresno State University, Hilmar Cheese, Leprino Foods, and UC Davis.

The CDIC is primarily funded by California dairy producers through the California Milk Advisory Board.

The Pacific Coast Coalition

The CDIC is the lead partner of the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative’s Pacific Coast Coalition, a collaboration hosted by Fresno State, in cooperation with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of California, Davis, Cal Poly Humboldt, Chapman University, and Chico State in California; as well as Oregon State University, Corvallis, and Washington State University, Pullman. Funded by a multi-million dollar USDA grant, the Pacific Coast Coalition offers competitive funding to qualified dairy businesses (producers and processors) and technical support and training programs for the industry through its network of academic collaborators.

Industry Grants

The Pacific Coast Coalition has received a 4th round of grants from the US Department of Agriculture.  These grants have been made available to help California farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and retailers. The application process for this current grant is open from January 2 to February 29, 2024.  Access the process here: Pacific Coast Coalition Grants For other grant information:  See More

Innovation Resources

Looking for a facility to test a new product formulation, or scale-up to pilot plant your bench-scale prototype? Check the capabilities of CDIC collaborators on our Resources

Events, Training & Education Opportunities

Offered in collaboration with our academic partners, short-courses provide hands-on training for all levels of education, without pre-requisites.

Register for upcoming programs. See schedule.

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Grants to Industry

For current grant application deadline information please see:  https://www.cdic.net/grants-internships/

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CDIC offers 10 internships per year to qualified, California-based students, and can also connect talented applicants from outside the state to dairy companies in California. CDIC seeks to offer internships to a wide variety of students with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. View more information about our internship programs.

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Innovation Ecosystem

CDIC is a key partner in the CMAB’s Innovation Ecosystem, offering resources to entrepreneurs seeking to bring new concepts using Real California Milk to life.