BALCHEM Corp. has created a new grant-based research program, the "Real Science Initiative," that will offer funding to university and related research institutes to support new research projects in animal nutrition, performance and health.
"The intent of the Real Science Initiative is to foster innovative research by developing partnerships throughout the global research community," noted Dr. Michael de Veth, commercial development manager with Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health. "Through these partnerships, we hope to discover new and innovative ways to enhance animal performance and health while improving profitability for our customers."
According to the announcement, potential areas of research may include:
* Developing new applications of existing precision-release nutrient technologies (e.g., nutrient encapsulation);
* Developing new technologies for increasing the efficacy of nutrient utilization;
* Developing product applications that enhance newborn, growing or mature animal immune responsiveness and productivity through improvements in enteric health, and
* Increasing the understanding of choline metabolism, including interactions between choline and other nutrients involved in one-carbon metabolism and the application of this understanding.
Grant pre-proposals must be submitted by Aug. 1, and complete details about the program are available at www.balchemresearch.com.