Alliance hosting opportunities for food industry innovators

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Posted March 29, 2018 by Ashley Washburn

The Alliance for Advanced Sanitation, a public-private partnership between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and food industry leaders, is offering new opportunities to learn from national experts, plus showcase and build research programs in this growing area.

Located at the Food Processing Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus, the organization advances research on cleaning and sanitation practices in food processing and related industries in order to enhance consumer safety. The Alliance’s partners include Nebraska faculty affiliates and leading food companies.

Nebraska faculty, research staff and students are encouraged to compete for 2018 research awards and attend the May 22-24 annual meeting and poster session. Deadlines for the request for proposals and poster sessions are approaching quickly.

2018 request for research proposals

Final proposals are due at 11:59 p.m. CDT April 15 for the 2018 RFP, which is open to the Alliance’s faculty affiliates and other Nebraska faculty, staff and graduate students.

The RFP’s goal is to encourage innovative research in sanitation and help investigators initiate or develop concepts that could deliver improved technologies and methods in the food industry. Priority is given to projects the Alliance could evaluate for scaling up and technology development. Total funding for this cycle of projects is $50,000. Applicants will be notified about proposal status by May 11.

Download the PDF for complete details on scope, funding and timeline; submission instructions; eligibility and application format; and project budgets. To submit pre-proposals and final proposals, email Angela Anandappa, Alliance director.

Annual meeting and poster session, May 22-24

Registration is open for the Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation, to be held May 22-24 at NIC. While the first day is open only to industry members, events on May 23-24 are geared toward anyone interested in food research. Topics include cleaning in dry environments, metagenomics and whole genome sequencing for sanitation, microbial resistance and other educational programming. The fee for academic participants is $200. A full schedule, including speaker updates, will be available online in early April.

Nebraska researchers – including faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students – are invited to showcase their research during poster sessions May 23-24. The poster sessions will focus on research and cutting-edge technology that applies directly to the food industry, with an emphasis on hygiene. Selected presenters will receive free access to the annual meeting and awards ceremony and have networking opportunities with leaders in research and industry.

Interested researchers must submit a proposal for consideration, including a 500-word abstract, by April 8 to Angela Anandappa, Alliance director. Selected participants will be notified by April 16. Download the PDF for complete details on poster requirements, deadlines and benefits of participating.

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