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Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS)

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CAPPS Phase III Support  (Ohio State University Research Foundation)

CAPPS Phase III Support  (North Carolina State University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits


The Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), conducts research aimed at developing methods and technologies for the production of safe, marketable, high-quality food products. CAPPS is the only research center devoted to the food science and engineering discipline, offering interdisciplinary expertise in such fields as food chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology and engineering. Its programs focus on emerging technologies such as ohmic heating, high-pressure processing, ozone processing, continuous microwave heating, and aseptic processing of particulates.

NSF's I/UCRC program features high-quality research, strong industry support, and the direct transfer of research results to U.S. industry, improving its competitive posture in world markets. With industrial and other support totaling 10-15 times the NSF investment, I/UCRCs are a premier example of how to leverage federal funding to synergize the research and development process. Working with its business and industry partners, CAPPS intends to develop knowledge in innovative food-processing and -packaging technologies, improve the safety of processing technologies, and address problems in these areas facing U.S. industry.

Education & Outreach


An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. The program leverages NSF funding with industry resources to support graduate students in training and preparing for an interdisciplinary, industrially relevant career. The Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies and its partners are building a university faculty and student base to meet future workforce needs in a growing, highly competitive area.

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