Research Program

The USPOULTRY industry research grants program encompasses all segments of broiler, turkey, and commercial egg operations. To date more than $36 million has been invested in the association's research program. One of USPOULTRY's key strategic objectives is to increase the availability and constant improvement of the quality and safety of poultry products through comprehensive research.

USPOULTRY Accepting Nominations for Charles Beard Research Excellence Award

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation are accepting nominations from colleges and universities for the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award through July 1. The goal of this award is to recognize outstanding completed research projects, funded by USPOULTRY or the USPOULTRY Foundation, which have made a significant positive impact on the poultry industry. The nominee may be recognized for multiple completed USPOULTRY research projects, all focused on the same subject area.

Nominations can be solicited from the universities and research institutions that conduct poultry research, as well as from anyone in the research community or any USPOULTRY member, staff, and sponsored committee. Self-nominations are also allowed. Nominations should focus on research projects completed within the past five years, but may include projects completed at an earlier time if a project's impact has only recently become recognized.

The recipient of the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award will be the primary researcher who conducted the recognized research project(s) and will receive round-trip transportation to and two nights lodging at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA. A cash prize of $1,500 will also be awarded.

The award will be presented at the IPPE at the International Poultry Scientific Forum by the Chairman of the Foundation Research Advisory Committee (FRAC).

To submit a nomination, please send a letter to Dr. Denise Heard (, which includes the nominee's name, a brief description of the nominee's research accomplishments and the impact of the research. It is not necessary to include the titles or dates of research grants. USPOULTRY staff can supply those details to the nomination.