Evaluation Criteria

An FPRF committee of industry representatives and scientists will evaluate proposals using these criteria:

  • Relevance and Originality – The proposal will be evaluated for its potential to make a major contribution to the existing body of knowledge. FPRF would like to know how the proposed new work will fill gaps in current information and can lead to improvements in operations, product safety, or to increase usage of rendered products.
  • Literature Review – We expect researchers to complete a thorough literature search to avoid unnecessary duplication, dead ends, or problematic methods.
  • Technical Merit and Feasibility – The proposed methodology should be clearly defined with respect to overall design, timeline, materials and research tools, sampling and analysis, etc. The objectives and scope of the study must be feasible with the proposed design, time,
    and resources.
  • Cost/Benefit – The potential benefit to the industry should justify the investment. Estimates of economic impacts of results should be provided along with marketing challenges.
  • Qualifications of Applicant(s) – The researcher(s) should have the academic qualifications, competence, and track record to undertake and complete the proposed research successfully. Demonstration of knowledge of current thinking, other experts, and needed data in the field will be an advantage, as will proposals that engage more than one location or university.
  • Budget – The budget should be itemized and realistic. It is an advantage if funding from other sources is available to support the work including in-kind support from the research institution.

Pre-Proposals

Applicants unsure of the fit of their idea to FPRF priorities, industry understanding of the problem posed, or any other aspect of their research idea can submit a brief pre-proposal electronically to the Foundation. Email a Microsoft Word document or Acrobat PDF document to David L. Meeker at dmeeker@nationalrenderers.com on or before March 15th for consideration at the Spring meeting and September 15th for the Fall meeting. FPRF will evaluate the idea, and if found to have merit, the applicant can submit a full proposal for the selection process six months later. This does not guarantee funding, and the researcher must still submit a full proposal in a subsequent funding period as described below to receive funding.

Full Proposal Format Requirement

Applicants should submit their proposal electronically to the Foundation by emailing a Microsoft Word document or Acrobat PDF document to David L. Meeker atdmeeker@nationalrenderers.com on or before March 15th for consideration at the Spring meeting and September 15th for the Fall meeting. Funding of proposals is decided in early May and November. Dr. Meeker is Sr. V.P. of Scientific Services for the National Renderers Association, and Director of Technical Services for the FPRF.

Download the RFP