USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation are accepting research pre-proposals from colleges and universities through May 1. Research proposals are accepted twice each year, in the spring and fall. Pre-proposals are a one-page synopsis of the potential research project. The Foundation Research Advisory Committee will review the pre-proposals and invite full proposals that meet current research interests.

A complete priority research list, including sub-topics and detailed instructions, is available on the USPOULTRY website. The list of poultry research priorities includes the following: animal welfare, breeder management (broiler/turkey), broiler management, commercial egg production, diseases, employee safety and health, environmental management, feed mill operations, food safety, further processing, genetics, hatchery management, human nutrition, live haul, market turkey management, nutrition, poultry housing, pullet management, and processing. Complete instructions and deadlines are listed on the USPOULTRY website.

Proposals also are invited for new issues that emerge outside the list, but based on justification of the research need. Projects will be selected for funding in late August.

USPOULTRY and its Foundation operate a comprehensive research program incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the USPOULTRY research program 50 years ago, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $25 million dollars into the industry in the form of research grants, with the International Poultry Expo as the primary source for the funding. More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.