• Facilitate, promote and direct scientific research fundamental to the confectionery manufacturing issues of PMCA members.
  • In so doing, liaise with other PMCA committees, other associations and suppliers on research needs and transfer learning to the general membership.
  • Through the promotion of graduate research, encourage academic institutions to maintain a flow of high-quality research and talent to benefit the confectionery industry.

The Research Committee oversees one of PMCA’s core areas with activities promoting basic and applied scientific research for the industry.

Learn more about how the committee works by viewing its charter.

A research grant is a grant-in-aid issued to support graduate research work for students seeking either a master’s or doctorate degree. It is not contract research and must meet the following criteria:

• Relevant to the PMCA membership
• Relevant to manufacturers’ problems or industry issues
• General application potential
• Fundamental, non-proprietary
• Not a topic exclusive to one member’s interests
• Graduate research (M.S. or Ph.D.)

Grant recipients may be required to present their findings to the PMCA membership at the association’s annual production conference.

Please note that research grants are different from the Graduate Fellowship for Confectionery Research at The Pennsylvania State University, which is a scholarship award exclusive to that educational institution. Research grants are awarded under separate criteria and with different deliverable outputs and rights.

If you are interested in learning more about PMCA research grants, contact your faculty advisor to see if your educational institution participates. If not, request that your adviser contact PMCA to inquire about participation.

A technical review project consists of a comprehensive literature review of technology relevant to the confectionery industry. The purpose is to summarize advances in the state of the art and make them accessible to manufacturers and to provide a launch point for directing future research.

If you are interested in learning more about PMCA technical review grants, contact your faculty advisor to see if your educational institution participates. If not, request that your advisor contact PMCA to inquire about participation.

The Research Committee hosted its second webinar May 31, 2016, “The Challenge of Formulating with Natural Colors.” The presentation along with supplemental materials will be made available to attendees.

The committee debuted its webinar series in December 2014 with “Heat Resistant Chocolate: Where we Have Been and Where We are Going,” which will soon be made available to all members.