Highlighted Research

PPFC Funded Research

The Poultry Protein & Fat Council of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association sponsors research relating to the rendering industry.

The poultry rendering industry produces poultry byproduct meal, feather meal, blood meal, and poultry fat. The council solicits research proposals that would develop new and increased utilization of these products by demonstrating their efficacy in poultry, aquaculture, livestock, and companion animal rations. Proposed research projects should be designed to provide information that has the potential to resolve real industry problems.

Poultry Products

  1. New and Increased utilization of poultry meal, feather meal, blood meal, and poultry fat in poultry, aquaculture, livestock, and companion animals.
  2. Improve industrial applications of poultry fat by chemical, microbial, or mechanical modification.
  3. Improve harvesting, storage, and shelf life of poultry blood for the use in producing blood meal.
  4. Reevaluating digestibility of poultry rendered products.
  5. Validation of rancidity- Development of a new metric that factually establishes the stability of our poultry meals and fats.
  6. Validation of peroxidation values of fat and correlate to palatability.

Waste Management

  1. Reduction of SPN volumes by reduction at the source.
  2. Enhancement of SPN quality by improving freshness, reducing moisture, and minimizing iron salts.
  3. Inventory and evaluate alternative technologies for SPN processing such as hexane extraction, anaerobic digestion, etc.
  4. Reevaluating digestibility of poultry rendered products.
  5. Determine the nutritional values of SPNs.

Food Safety

  1. Post processing or ancillary treatments of our poultry fats with regard to for pet foods.
  2. Thermal studies for pathogen destruction in feather meal.

Evaluation of the proposals will be made by a Subcommittee on Technology approved by the Poultry Protein & Fat Council.

Guidelines for Evaluation:

  • The importance of the problem to the industry
  • Relevance of the objectives toward reducing the impact of the problem
  • Qualifications and experience of scientist
  • Adequacy of facilities and equipment
  • Track record (publications/previous U.S. Poultry & Egg Association grants); and
  • Likelihood of success.

There are a few general guidelines in preparing the budget for research proposals to U. S. Poultry & Egg Association. Since our funds are limited, we desire to obtain as much information as possible from our research grants. The research objectives should be directed toward solving some problem, increasing the efficiency of production or improving the movement of product into the market.

The budget should reflect as accurately as possible the cost of doing the research. Salaries and fringe benefits to graduate students and student technical personnel who are active in the project are acceptable costs. However, salary and fringe benefits to professional staff members may not be a part of the research budget proposal.

It is the policy of the Poultry Protein & Fat Council to approve funding of direct costs only. The reason is simply because the association is limited on funds available and must use such funds to obtain maximum research efforts rather than contributing to the overhead of running the departments, paying administrative salaries and expenses. The board recognizes that the university or research organization does have such overhead expenses; however, such expenses are normally handled by other sources, regardless of researching a project for the association. The association, plus the state organizations, encourage the state legislative and federal agencies to provide monies for the running of the university system.

This policy has not diminished the number of requests for research funding. In research where a commercial machine or apparatus is used that may show a definite benefit to the purveyor of that equipment, grant money should not be used to purchase such machine. Since the manufacturer would benefit by the research, the equipment could be loaned or given by the manufacturer to the research.

There are four separate parts to the final research report. These are:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Industry Summary
  • Scientific Report
  • A List of Presentations Made and Reports of Publications.

This Final Report should be loose, not bound. Please submit two copies.

Cover Sheet

This single page provides us with a means of filing and identifying the material. The arrangement of this page should be as follows:

  • Title
  • Investigator(s)
  • University (include address)
  • Department
  • Date of Completion of Project
  • Statement: Funded by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Poultry Protein & Fat Council

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:

  • Briefly describe the problem that was studied;
  • Restate the objectives from the original proposal. The specific goals of the original project as funded by U.S. Poultry & Egg Poultry Protein & Fat Council.
  • In the same order, state briefly the results achieved toward each objective of the project;
  • Impact of the research results for industry. Long-and short-range benefits.

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.

  • 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;
  • Results and Discussion;
  • Tables and Figures (can be inserted in the text where appropriate);
  • References.

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.
  • Also, please indicate the presentations with the date, place, name of meeting, and title when the presentation was related to the research funded by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Poultry Protein & Fat Council.

Send the final report to:
Rafael Rivera
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
1530 Cooledge Road
Tucker, GA 30084-7303
Phone: (678) 514-1978
Fax: (770) 493-9257