The 2016 request for proposals addressing food safety research needs relevant to the fresh produce industry closes on 7 December.
Core produce safety research objectives cut across fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, in production, packing, processing, cooling, storage, transportation, receiving and point-of-sale environment.
2016 produce safety research objectives have been identified through input from the produce industry as well as government and academic stakeholders.
Drew McDonald, CPS technical committee chair, said each year it strives to identify high priority research needs.
“Over the past six years, this process has encouraged the Center to invest approximately $18.2m to fund 112 projects.
“We will require concept proposals as a first step to identify those ideas that meet the current expectations of the industry. Proposals must be scientifically defensible and industry applicable."
CPS recently awarded 11 grants worth almost $2m which start from 2016 to boost food safety in the sector.