University of Massachusetts Amherst

Food Science

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Industrial Strategic Research Alliance

Forging a Strategic Research Alliance for the Future

We invite you to become our partner and Join Our Research and Development Team

 

Partners in Innovation

The Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts is a top-ranked research and teaching organization with an exceptional record in educating students and industry leaders while expanding the boundaries of scientific knowledge in both basic and applied research. We are committed to maintaining our scientific and technological excellence while promoting economic development and a safe, more nutritious and high quality food supply.

Continuing our tradition of excellence, we have established an Industrial Strategic Research Alliance program that has been in existence since 1995. Membership will offer your company advanced and preferred  access to our research projects, laboratory facilities, students and post docs.

Wide-Ranging Expertise

Our award-winning faculty has gained national and international recognition for research in diverse fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, food safety, nutrition, engineering, and biotechnology. A creative approach to scientific problems has consistently produced a wealth of new ideas and techniques. Substantial ongoing grant-funding has enabled us to keep abreast of research trends with some of the best equipped laboratories and facilities.

Strategic Planning for the Future

The Department is constantly looking for ways to become more efficient, cost-effective, and productive, and in recent years has taken bold steps to anticipate the challenges of the future. By building on our strengths, and adding outstanding young scientists to our staff, we fashioned a research base capable of taking on a broad array of novel and exciting projects. Having recently concluded a successful capital campaign for the Fergus Clydesdale Foods for Health and Wellness Center, we are in position to continue to be at the forefront of Food Science research.

Resourceful Innovation

Using a team approach, we address research problems in Food Science with an expansive focus capable of moving rapidly from the molecular to the applied levels. By flexibly combining the talents and expertise of scientists in our department with those of University of Massachusetts colleagues in the complementary fields of Polymer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Engineering, among others, we can optimize our research capabilities to meet the changing demands of the food industry.

Centers of Emphasis

At the heart of our strategic plan is the decision to focus our research capacity in four core areas of strength. These are Food and Environmental Biotechnology, Physical-Chemical Properties of Food, Food Safety, and Health and Wellness.

Responsive Relationships

Membership in our Strategic Research Alliance program is an investment which brings your company into close collaboration with our scientific staff, providing a continuous stimulus for new ideas and enabling us to align our research expertise with your needs. It will assure you of priority access to our faculty by telephone and in person. You will be able to get to know our graduate students, and you will be provided with the latest research results of interest to you. Your membership will involve you directly in the generation of innovative ideas and will put you at the head of the line for scheduling client-funded research projects.

Your $6,000 annual membership fee will help us to purchase and maintain state-of-the-art equipment, reducing the need to add on equipment costs for projects directly tailored to your needs. Membership may be renewed annually at the same cost.

Additional Benefits:

  • As part of the stimulating interchange of ideas and information, you'll receive:
  • Invitations to annual research briefings and individual meetings with Faculty.
  • A semi-annual newsletter presenting research innovations and regulatory bulletins.
  • Timely updates on new technologies.
  • Preprints of faculty research articles.
  • Preferential use of our Pilot Plant at reduced rates.
  • Links to national and international networks of scientific and regulatory experts.
  • Reduced registration fees at Department conferences and programs.

 

A listing of our current Strategic Research Alliance members can be found here.

For additional information please contact:

Eric Decker
Professor and Department Head
Department of Food Science
Chenoweth Lab
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
413-545-1026
edecker@foodsci.umass.edu