Research Programs
The USPOULTRY industry research grants program encompasses all segments of broiler, turkey, and commercial egg operations. To date over $32 million has been invested in the association's research program. Use the tabs below for abstract submission details or to search for completed research abstracts.

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General Information
If you wish to submit a Poultry Protein & Fat Council research proposal, please go here to access the correct format.

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is dedicated to the growth, progress, and welfare of the poultry industry and all of its individual and corporate interests. The promotion of problem-related research and the concomitant training of graduate students is high on the association's agenda.

Each year, the association allocates approximately $1,000,000 for the funding of research projects that benefit the poultry and egg industry. Research results are publicized in the industry press and made available to potential users.

Who selects the projects that are funded?
Research proposals are judged by a 15-member panel composed of industry scientists and technical specialists representing a cross section of disciplines and responsibilities. Panelists evaluate more than 100 proposals each year to determine their value and potential benefit to the poultry and egg industry.

The committee's recommendations are referred to the association's board of directors for funding. Currently approximately 16 percent of proposals submitted to USPOULTRY are recommended for funding by the committee.

How can the money be used??
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 professional (faculty or postdoc) salaries or equipment.

Preproposal Guidelines

Are there guidelines to follow?
Researchers should submit only a one-page preproposal summary that describes the problem(s) they wish to address, what they propose to do, and how their proposed project relates to USPOULTRY's published research priorities. A title, the researcher's name and affiliation, and an email address should be included on the preproposal. Details of procedures or budget specifics should not be included in the submissions. PREPROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT to

The outcome of the preproposal review will be one of three responses:

  1. Send a full research proposal for consideration.
  2. USPOULTRY is not interested in funding research on the proposed subject; or
  3. Please make some modifications in what you are proposing and then send a full proposal.

Full Proposal Guidelines

Full proposals should be prepared according to published USPOULTRY guidelines. All proposals should be written with minimal jargon so that professionals from all disciplines can understand them. Successful proposals are directed toward an important industry problem; clearly written with well-defined objectives; and reasonably priced with realistic budgets. Most of the proposals selected for funding have a budget of less than $80,000 and a timeline of 1-2 years.

If submitting a proposal, 3 copies of the full proposal must be mailed or sent via overnight delivery to arrive by the deadline. The full proposal must also be submitted via email in PDF FORMAT to Please mail proposals to the following address:

Submit proposals to:
Dr. Denise Heard, DVM, MAM, ACPV
U. S. Poultry & Egg Association
1530 Cooledge Road
Tucker, GA 30084-7303

In what format should I submit my proposal?
Proposals must be submitted via email in PDF FORMAT to In addition, three copies of the proposal must be mailed or sent via overnight delivery to USPOULTRY. Proposals should be clipped securely or stapled; plastic covers or other types of binding are discouraged. The body of the proposal may be single- or double-spaced at the discretion of the researcher. Please copy front and back and provide page numbering.

FOR MAILED COPIES: If a cover letter is included, and the Applicant wishes it reviewed by the committee, then a copy of the letter should be attached to each proposal. Reprints of scientific or popular articles written by the investigator, dealing with prior research in the area of the proposal, are not required; however, if such reprints are supplied they will be circulated to the reviewers. Three (3) copies should be supplied; each reprint clipped to the accompanying proposal.

FOR EMAILED COPIES: THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN PDF FORMAT AS ONE COMPLETE DOCUMENT. Cover letters, article reprints, letters of support, etc. should be included as a part of the complete PDF submission. If multiple documents are provided, only the proposal will be reviewed.

Please address each item of the format completely, but briefly:

Cover Sheet
Title of Project (limit of 180 characters/spaces) 
Name of University (or research organization) 
Principal Investigator (project leader or contact person) 
Complete Address and Telephone Number 
Date Submitted 
Total Funds Requested 
Duration of Project
Entity to Which the Check will be Made Payable with Complete Mailing Address
Keywords (up to four) optional

If the project will be administered by a university or an experiment station official, give the name and address of the official.

The second page of a proposal is an abstract limited to one page of double-spaced typing. It should include the following:

A brief statement of the industry problem to be investigated;
The objectives of the research;
The approaches to be used to achieve the objectives; and
The probable value to the industry if the research objectives are achieved.

Every effort should be made to limit the number of pages of Items 1-6 to 10 or less.

  1. Title of Project
  2. Investigator(s)
  3. Objectives: List the specific goals of the project.
  4. Justification: Justify the proposal in light of current industry practice or problems, and discuss the short- and long- range cost-benefit potential of achieving the objectives and how the proposed project relates to USPOULTRY's published research priorities.
  5. Procedures: Outline the protocol designed to achieve the objectives, including the experimental design, replications, etc. If confidential or proprietary information is contained in the proposal, it must be noted in bold type on the first sheet referencing page and paragraph. Pages and paragraphs must also be similarly highlighted.
  6. Literature Review:
    1. Please cite known research on the same subject (reference key investigators only).
    2. Indicate how this proposal differs from previous or current research.
  7. Resume of Investigator (one page)
  8. Current or Previous Research on Subject (if any) by Investigator
  9. Facilities and Equipment Required and Available for This Project
  10. Research Timetable:
    1. Date project is scheduled to begin.
    2. Date project is scheduled to end.
  11. Personnel Support Provided by the University (or research organization)
  12. Financial Support:
    1. From the university (or research organization).
    2. From other sources, including those from whom other funds for this project are requested.
  13. Institutional Units Involved
  14. Budget: Direct cost factors attributed to the project. Please itemize all areas of need. Include cost per animal unit, if any. Funds can be used for graduate students, technicians, research supplies, and work and meeting travel. Funds cannot be used for professional (faculty or postdoc) salaries or major equipment purchases.
  15. Total Funds Requested: Unexpended funds at the termination of the project may be used at the discretion of the principal investigator if these funds are no more than 5 percent of the total award or $1,000. Funds in excess of 5 percent of the award or $1,000 should be returned to USPOULTRY.
  16. Indirect Costs: The industry generated funds that support USPOULTRY research projects are not intended to provide the general overhead costs of research institutions. Proposals must allocate the lowest possible percentage of the funding for indirect costs, if at all. Indirect costs must be held to a minimum but never exceed 15 percent.
  17. Receipt of Funds Needed (quarterly, six months, annually): Funds will be paid as follows throughout the term of the project: 25 percent of total allocated funds at beginning of project; 25 percent of funds at end of first quarter-term (six months for two-year projects, etc.); 25 percent of funds at mid-term (one year for two-year projects, etc.); and Final 25 percent of funds at completion of project and receipt of final report. As noted on the Cover Sheet, Include Make Check Payable To... and to whom the check is to be mailed with a complete address.
  18. USPOULTRY will provide funding only to those scientists at universities or research organizations who comply with the provisions of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee as specified by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA in 9 CFR Part 1 (1-91).
  19. The following statement is required with all proposals and must be signed by an official of the university (or research organization) and the project leader. This statement must accompany the original proposal or the proposal will be returned before committee action.

    The (Department) of (University or Research Organization) agrees to provide the following to USPOULTRY:
    1. Progress reports on the research project every six months until the project is completed;
    2. Within three months following completion of the research funded, to provide the final project report (using the format for final reports) of the results;
    3. The University (or Research Organization) understands that USPOULTRY will retain 25 percent of the approved funds until the final report has been provided to the association; and
    4. Give permission to the association to provide the information to the industry. By accepting the funding provided by USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation, the researcher grants to USPOULTRY the right and license to share the results of the research with, and provide links or copies of the final research report to, its membership and the research community through USPOULTRY's website, direct and electronic mail, or any other form of dissemination.
  20. Progress reports are required every six months. This can be a brief concise statement of progress toward the objectives of the project. This report does not need to include detailed charts or figures. A reminder of the progress reporting will be sent to the investigator just before the due date. If the progress report is more than 30 days late, an "alert" letter will be sent to the investigator and to the administrative office. Failure to reply within two weeks of this warning letter, a notification will be sent to the administrative officer and the investigator that no additional monies will be paid to that grant until the report has been received.
    Final reports: A reminder will be sent to the investigator of the need to provide a final report at the completion date. Final reports are due within three months following completion of the research project as specified by the research proposal. If the final report has not been received in 90 days following the reminder notice, an "alert" letter will be sent to the investigator and the administrative office. Failure to reply within two weeks of this warning letter, a notification will be sent to the administrative officer and the investigator that no additional monies will be paid to that institution (or research organization) until the report has been received.
  21. USPOULTRY makes no claim on discoveries or invention patents made by scientists/institutions utilizing USPOULTRY research funds. USPOULTRY assumes no liability associated with either the conduct of research or the outcome or use of research findings acquired with USPOULTRY funds.
  22. Authorized Signatures:
    1. Project Leader
    2. Department Head
    3. University or Research Organization Official

All deadlines are for arrival in the USPOULTRY office by close of business (5:00 p.m. EDT) on the date indicated. Preproposals should be emailed to with "Preproposal" shown as the subject line. PREPROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT. If you do not receive an acknowledgement by return email, please contact us immediately.

Spring 2022 Competition:
Research preproposals should arrive in the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association office by close of business (5:00 p.m. EDT) on November 1, 2021. USPOULTRY will e-mail requests for full proposals on December 1, 2021. Full proposals are due at USPOULTRY by close of business (5:00 p.m. EDT) on January 21, 2022. Competition results announced April 1, 2022.

Fall 2022 Competition:
Research preproposals should arrive in the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association office by close of business (5:00 p.m. EDT) on May 2, 2022. USPOULTRY will e-mail requests for full proposals on June 1, 2022. Full proposals are due at USPOULTRY by close of business (5:00 p.m. EDT) on July 1, 2022. Competition results announced September 19, 2022.

There are four separate parts to the final research report. All four parts MUST be included to be accepted. These are:
(1) cover sheet,
(2) industry summary,
(3) scientific report, and
(4) list of presentations made and reports of publications.

Final Reports must be submitted via email in MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT. They should be sent to Dr. Denise Heard at In addition, please submit two copies via U.S. Postal Service or overnight delivery. This Final Report should be stapled or clipped, not bound. Final reports can be sent to this address:

Submit final reports to:
Dr. Denise Heard, DVM, MAM, ACPV
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
1530 Cooledge Road
Tucker, GA 30084-7303

(1) Cover Sheet
This single-page document provides the association with a means of filing and identifying the material. The arrangement of this page should be as follows:

Name of University and University Address
Date of Completion of Project 
Statement: Funded by the U. S. Poultry & Egg Association

(2) Industry Summary (One Page)
This is a very important part of your final report and describes the potential usefulness of the research to the industry. It should briefly explain the conclusions that are drawn from the results. It should include few, if any, scientific tables but an evaluation of potential in terms of economics, increased quality, better performance, etc. Dollar figures are always valuable. The following format should be used with a minimum of technical terminology. This summary is intended for general industry consumption.
a. Briefly describe the problem that was studied;
b. Restate the objectives from the original proposal;
c. In the same order, state briefly the results achieved toward each objective of the project; and
d. Discuss the impact of the research results for industry.

(3) Scientific Report
The scientific report should be carefully written so as to substantiate the results and be of value to those who may wish to study the details of the experiment. There is no limit on the length of this report. The format is shown below.
a. Materials and methods used in the study. Should be in sufficient detail to allow for repeatability. If new techniques or tests have been developed as part of the objectives of the project, the specific protocol for the technique or test should
be included;
b. Results and discussion;
c. Tables and figures (can be inserted into the text where appropriate); and
d. References.

(4) List of Presentations and Publications
Please list the publications which were a result of this research either entirely or in part by this grant. Reprints would be appreciated when available.
Please indicate the presentations with the date, place, name of meeting, and title when the presentation was related to the research funded by USPOULTRY.

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. The award will be presented by Dr. Beard and 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.

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

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today's poultry industry, with a focus on progressively serving member companies through research, education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, GA.

    Board Research Initiatives

  1. Improved Eggshell Quality in Cage-Free Layer Flocks - Eggshell quality is important for food safety and beneficial egg quality attributes. The U.S. egg industry is moving to extensive cage-free housing systems to meet consumer and legislative demands. Companies transitioning face numerous unknowns regarding housing systems, including how to ensure that eggshell quality is maintained. Eggshell quality is multifactorial, and the interactions between the housing system and factors known to affect shell quality are not well understood. Numerous questions regarding management and mitigation of eggs laid outside of the system, or so-called "floor eggs" exist and best practices have not been identified for handling these eggs. Shell quality and production issues are a real concern, often resulting in severe financial loss. Click here to read the full initiative.

  2. Salmonella and Campylobacter Control and Mitigation Strategies in Chickens and Turkeys - The poultry industry has seen many changes in production and processing over the last century, but food safety issues and outbreaks associated with Salmonella and Campylobacter continue to persist. Research is needed to develop effective and practical prevention, intervention and control strategies. Click here to read the full initiative.


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