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​​Research Council Grant Funding

Cereals & Grains Association Research Council


Call for Project Proposals​

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.

Review the project requirements and budget guidelines before submitting your proposal by submission deadline of April 10, 2023.​

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

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:

  • 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?
  • Value to the membership of Cereals & Grains Association - how will this contribute​ to cereals and grains science?
  • Can the work be completed and results available by September 2024?

Submit Your Grant Application

Applications for 2023 funding are accepted through April 10, 2023.

The following items are required in the online grant application:​​

  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 (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, 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​.


​​​January 2023
January ​2023
​​Call for 2023 Research Council Sponsors Opens
Call for 2023 Project Proposals Opens
​April 10, 2023
​2023 Project Submissions Deadline​
​June 15, 2023
​Mid-Year Review from 2022 Grantees to Research Council
November 15, 2023
Final Summary Report from 2022 Grant Recipients Due to Research Council

*Timeline subject to change.

2022 Funded Research Projects

Thanks to our sponsors and the Cereals & Grains Association Foundation, the Research Council funded over $32,000 in grants to​​ the following projects:

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

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Annegret Jannasch
University of Arkansas​ ​​

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

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Amber Hauvermale
Washington State University​

Thank You, ​2022 Sponsors​

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