The Kansas Bioscience Authority has offered Cargill Meat Solutions a $750,000 grant targeted at helping the company build a new research and development facility in Wichita, Kan. According to a KBA news release, Cargill will only receive the funding if it commits to building the new facility in Kansas.

According to Meatingplace.com, Cargill spokesperson Michael Martin declined to comment, indicating that the company has not yet authorized funding for the project.

The KBA grant will be distributed over five years and is designated to help support the construction of a state-of-the-art technology and innovation center. Work at the facility will focus on food safety research and the development of new food products.

According to KBA, Cargill would commit $15 million to the facility, retain 51 jobs and hire some 10 new employees.

KBA was created in 2004 by state legislation to advance bioscience work in Kansas.