Research and Technical Review Grant Information
PMCA offers both Research Grants and Technical Review Grants in the interest of furthering the science of confectionery manufacture. Typically, grants are awarded for a 2-3 year period, depending upon the scope of the project. When either a Research or Technical Review Grant is about to end, PMCA issues a Request For Proposal to the colleges and universities on its mailing list. Those institutions in turn notify their eligible students that a grant is available. A Request for Proposal for Technical Review Grants are also sent to certain research organizations.
A Research Grant is a grant-in-aid issued to support graduate research work for students seeking either a master's or doctorate. It is not contract research; therefore, PMCA does not pay overhead and other ancillary costs. The reasearch must meet the following criteria:
• Relevant to PMCA (pertinent to Chocolate, Coatings, Centers, Non-Chocolate Candies)
• Relevant to manufacturers’ problems and/or industry issues (typically relating to generic product shelf life and/or manufacturing
efficiency, as well as structure/mechanism and process understanding)
• General application potential
• Generic to the industry
• Fundamental, non-proprietary
• Not a topic exclusive to one member’s interests
• Graduate research (M.S. or Ph.D.)
Grant recipients are are also required to present their findings to the PMCA membership at the Annual Production Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Travel expenses are included in the grant award.
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 eductional institution participates; and, if not, to request that your advisor contact PMCA to inquire about participation.
Technical Review projects consist of a comprehensive literature review of technology relevant to the confectionery industry. The purpose of such a review 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. As such, the intended value to PMCA is a comprehensive science review aimed at the technical staff of member companies, but equally important is a lay summary that translates latest wisdom into practical guidelines for the manufacturer. The value to the researcher lies in the resulting report being a source from which to cull a science review for publication, as well as possibly constituting a preliminary phase of research to be undertaken by students. Technical reviews can help to identify target topic areas for focus in subsequent PMCA sponsored graduate level research projects.
If you are interested in learning more about PMCA Technical Review Grants, contact your faculty advisor to see if your eductional institution participates; and, if not, to request that your advisor contact PMCA to inquire about participation. If you are associated with a professional research facility and would like further information, please contact PMCA.
Note: Results of the current review will be made available to members, via the PMCA Research Library, in the course of 2005 and 2006.