Research Council​​​​​​

Giving Back to Brewing Science

The ASBC Research Council aims to fund scientific projects related to the brewing and/or allied industries. The Council will solicit project proposals which focus on the development of brewing science advancements that result in new methods, publications, presentations, etc. to benefit the ASBC’s membership at large. 

Project topics include, but are not limited to, research on raw materials (malt, hops, yeast, water, adjuncts), fermentation, flavor, and stability. Projects can also focus on development or optimization of analytical/sensory/microbiological methods of analysis.

Project awards range from $5,000–$25,000. Grant awards cover one year of funding, if additional funding is requested beyond a one year duration, a new proposal must be submitted and will be evaluated by the ASBC Research Council.

Grants will be awarded to support academic research in brewing science that is conducted at a not-for-profit academic institution (domestic and international). Principal investigators and students are urged to apply.

Join the 2019 Research Council

The ASBC Research Council will be composed of members from the ASBC Board of Directors​ and from members of companies providing supporting funding. The group is led by the ASBC Research Council Committee ChairXiang Yin.
We invite your organization to support scientific excellence in brewing and join the ASBC Research Council to help support project grants for 2019.


  • Sponsorships of $1,000–$4,999 will be a non-voting member on the Council and will have access to view the proposals and will receive updates submitted from the funded submissions prior to the general membership.
  • Sponsorships of $5,000 and above will participate in the review of submitted research proposals and be accorded one (1) vote in the funding decisions.
  • All sponsors of the Research Council will receive access to the funded research results.  

Sponsor today to be certain your organization has influence over the research funding, and access to the results.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and to encourage and extend brewing science research, or to become a sponsor, contact ASBC.

2018 Funded Project Grants

Thanks to our ASBC Research Council Sponsors the following projects grants were funded for 2018:

  • Development of Portable GCMS Methods for In-Situ Monitoring of the Malting Process and Early Detection of Barley Contamination (Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY U.S.A.) Read more...​
  • Characterization of Trichothecene Mycotoxin Development During the Malting of Fusarium Infected Barley and Other Grains (North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND U.S.A.) Read more...​
  • Assessment of PHS Resistance Candidate Gene Variation in Barley, Hordeum vulgare L. (Montana State University, Bozeman, MT U.S.A.) Read more...​
  • Physiological Heterogeneity in Daughter Yeast Cells (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom) Read more...​

Thank You 2018 Sponsors!

Thanks to our sponsors, the ASBC Research Council funded close to $50,000 in project grants for 2018.
  • BARTH-HAAS Group
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Cicerone Certification Program
  • Kicking Wing Brewing Co.
  • Malteurop
  • New Belgium Brewing Company 
  • Rahr Malting
  • Wyeast Laboratories, Inc.


2019 Project Proposals

 Online submission form will be available​ soon.

Questions? Contact ASBC.
 Project Proposal Timeline *

​January 3, 2019

January 29, 2019

​Call for 2019 project submissions opens

2018 project grant recipients to submit abstract to 2019 ASBC Meeting

​April 1, 2019 ​2019 Project submissions deadline
​April–May 2019 ​2019 Project submissions reviewed by Research Council
​May 1, 2019 ​Final summary report from 2018 grant recipients due to Research Council
Mid-June 2019 2019 project submission applicants notified of funding status
​June 24–26, 2019

​​2019 project grants announced and winners recognized during the opening session at the 2019 ASBC Meeting​ in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Special session at 2019 ASBC Meeting for 2018 project grant recipients

​July 2019 ​Funds distributed to 2019 project grant recipients

  *timeline subject to change

Review of Projects

Project submissions will be reviewed by members of the ASBC Research Council and will be judged on some of the following:
  • Scientific merit—will it lead to an advancement in brewing science?
  • Hypothesis—can the hypothesis be tested and is it well defined? Is there a clear knowledge of the subject area?
  • Can the work be completed in the proposed timeframe?

Budget Guidelines

Grant funds may be used for the following:
  • Student/investigator wages
  • Analytical Services (in-house or outsourced)
  • Consumables
  • Approved travel (up to $2,000)
  • Funds are not to be used for the purchase of capital equipment over $2,500
  • No indirect costs allowed