Research Support

USPOULTRY Foundation allocated $278,000 in 2013 to fund research projects that benefit the poultry and egg industry. Our continued research is of vital importance, as it seeks to solve industry issues.

Research grant payments were awarded to:
North Carolina State University
University of Arkansas
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Auburn University
University of Connecticut

Research funded by USPOULTRY and conducted by the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware resulted in a decisive and effective response in eradicating a recent outbreak of avian influenza on the Delmarva Peninsula.

"USPOULTRY's foresight in funding this research saved Delmarva's and America's poultry industry countless dollars."

Bill Satterfield
Delmarva Poultry Industry


The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the USPOULTRY Foundation allocate approximately $700,000 per year to fund research projects that benefit the poultry and egg industry. More than $1.5 million is currently invested in ongoing research. The data generated provides industry members with information that is not only useful immediately but also creates the base for conducting future research on tomorrow's problems. Research summaries are posted on the USPOULTRY Web site,, and promoted in the industry press.

How the Process Works

Research proposals are judged by a 15-member panel comprised of industry scientists and technical specialists who represent a cross section of disciplines and responsibilities. Panelists evaluate the proposals to determine their value and potential benefit to the poultry and egg industry.

The group's recommendations are referred to USPOULTRY's board of directors for funding. In the past, approximately 20 percent of the proposals submitted have received funding. This funding rate exceeds that of most other research grant programs.

Funds can be used for graduate students, technicians, research supplies, and work and meeting travel. Up to 15 percent overhead is allowed. Funds cannot be used for faculty salaries or equipment.

Areas of Need

Proposed research projects should provide information that has the potential to resolve real industry problems. Some of the ongoing needs are: