Research Support

USPOULTRY annually allocates approximately $1 million to research grants that benefit all phases of poultry and egg production and processing, bird health, food safety and environmental management.

More than $3 million is currently invested in ongoing research. The grants also support graduate students who will be our future industry leaders and scientists.

The grants were made possible in part by gifts to the USPOULTRY Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.


The data generated from the research conducted by USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation 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 website,, 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: