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 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.

Join the 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.

2019 Research Council grantS ANNOUNCED

Thanks to the generous support of our 2019 Research Council Sponsors, the ASBC Research Council was able to fund $55,000 in grants towards the following projects for 2019:
  • ​​Distribution of Fusarium in barley grain kernels and its effect on the development of trichothecene mycotoxins during malting (Zhao Jin/Paul Schwarz, North Dakota State University, U.S.A.) Read more...​​​
  • Development of a rapid method for the quantitative detection of hydrophobins in barley and malt (Kevin Verstrepen, University of Leuven, Belgium) Read more...​
  • Evaluating methods to measure lipid content and composition in beer (Scott Lafontaine/Tom Shellhammer, Oregon State University, U.S.A.) Read more...​




Sponsor Levels
  • 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.

Funded Projects

View Previous Grant Recipients and Sponsors

Project Proposals

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.

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.​

Submissions for 2020 Grant Requests will open January 2020 

Questions? Contact Linda Schmitt at ASBC.

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
 Project Proposal Timeline *
​June 24, 2019 Special session at 2019 ASBC Meeting featuring 2018 project grant recipients​
2019 project grantees recognized during Opening Session at 2019 ASBC Meeting.

​January 6, ​2020

​Call for 2020 project submissions opens

​Late Jan/early February 2020 2019 project grant recipients to submit abstract to WBC 2020
​April 1, 2020
​2020 Project submissions deadline
​April–May 2020
​2020 Project submissions reviewed by Research Council
​May 15, 2020
​Final summary report from 2019 grant recipients due to Research Council and 2020 Sponsors confirmed
Mid-June 2020
2020 project submission applicants notified of funding status
August 2020

​​2020 project grants announced 

August 2020
​Funds distributed to 2020 project grant recipients

  *timeline subject to change