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​​Research Council Projects

Cereals & Grains Association Research Council


Funded Research Projects

Thanks to our sponsors and the Cereals & Grains Association Foundation, the Research Council has funded over $50,000 in grants since 2022.​

"Application of near infrared spectroscopy for the rapid quantification of wheat grain arabinoxylans"

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Maria Itria Ibba

2023 Research Council Grantee

"Parboiling of Pigmented Waxy Cereals to Enhance Viscosity Development in a Simulated Gastric Environment"

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Annegret Jannasch
University of Arkansas​ ​​
2022 Research Council Grantee​​

​"Tools to enhance rapid testing platforms for wheat α-amylase detection"

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Amber Hauvermale
Washington State University​​ 
2022 Research Council Grantee

Project Proposals​

The Research Council will solicit and fund project proposals that focus on developing grain science advancements that result in new research advancements, methods, publications, presentations, etc., to benefit the Cereals & Grains Association’s membership at large. 

Research projects supporting the cereal and grain industries are eligible for funding consideration, so long as they are conducted by a not-for-profit, academic institution (domestic or international). Grantees must report their results to the Research Council members through a mid-year review in summer with a final proje​ct review in the fall. Principal investigators and students are urged to apply. Applicants are required to be current Cereals & Grains Association Members in order to apply. 

Project Topics

Research proposals should consider current scientific and technological challenges and common areas of ​interest. The range of topics might include:

  • Rapid methods for existing wet chemistry methods
  • Process innovations for unlocking functionality
  • Methodologies for non-wheat for applicability in breadmaking/baking
  • Non-allergenic gluten replacement/wheat gluten alternatives
  • Upcycling grain materials and quality
  • Qualitative assessment of regenerative agriculture
  • Nutrition topics (everything from microbiome & the gut-brain axis to the constituent parts of grain ingredients and how they impact the biology
  • S​ensory​ aspects of grain-based products

Funding Guidelines

Maximum fund request is $25,000. Grant funds may be used for the following:

  • Student/investigator wages
  • Analytical services (in-house or outsourced)​
  • Consumables
  • Approved travel (up to $2,000)
  • Funds are not to be used for the purchase of capital equipment over $2,500
  • No indirect costs allowed

Review of Projects

Project submissions will be reviewed by members of the Research Council and will be judged by the following:

  • ​Value to the membership of Cereals & Grains Association—how will this contribute​ to the Association and to cereals and grains science?
  • Concise overview for the introduction that includes relevant literature review or methods
  • Scientific merit—will it lead to an advancement in cereal and grain science?
  • Hypothesis—Clarity of hypothesis, testable research question. Can the hypothesis be tested, and is it well defined? Is there a clear knowledge of the subject area?
  • Can the work be completed and results available by October​ 2024?

Grant Application Requirements

Membership in Cereals & Grains Association is required. Additional items required include:

  1. Cover page including applicant's name and full contact information
  2. Project Title
  3. Abstract (150 words or less)
  4. Project Introduction including notation of relevant literature and how the project will bring value to the membership of Cereals & Grains Association (400 words or less)
  5. Hypotheses and Project Objectives, Preliminary studies, and Research Plan including Methodology (maximum 2500 words, excluding Tables and Figures)
  6. Project Timeline (Gantt chart)
  7. References (please use a format that indicates the title of the cited reference)
  8. Publication/Communication Plan of Results (preferentially as a table or bullet list)
  9. Budget Proposal (include the TOTAL U.S. fund amount requesting (max request amount is $25,000), as well as any other potential matching funds)
  10. Contact information of additional entities providing funding, if applicable
Questions? Contact Linda Schmitt at Cereals & Grains Association​.


​February 2024
​Mid-year report due to Council from 2023 Grantee
June 2024
​​Call for 2024 Research Council Sponsors & Project Proposals Opens
​August 31, 2024
​2024 Grant Proposal Submission Deadline​
​​Fall 2024​

​Presentation from 2023 grantee presented at Cereals & Grains 24 meeting

2024 grant recipient(s)​ announced​

November 2024
Final Summary Report from 2023 Grant Recipient d​ue to Research Council

*Timeline subject to change.

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