Founded in 1988, the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) is a unique cooperative research venture among the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and its food industry members. The collaborative science conducted at the Center constitutes the basis for regulatory policy and establishes parameters that address the effectiveness of processing and packaging technologies. Recognized as a FDA Center of Excellence, the NCFST conducts research projects across five science platforms that include the following:
- Food Processing and Packaging
- Food Microbiology
- Food Chemistry and Allergens
- Proficiency Testing and Methods Validation
What You Get
- Access to the only center where industry can work collaboratively with the FDA on food safety, technology, and nutrition projects.
- Early exposure to cutting-edge research at pre-publication stage.
- R&D project briefings with frequent opportunities for face-to-face meetings with FDA scientists and subject experts.
- Gateway to state-of-the-art research facilities, pilot plants, and labs.
- Early advice and analysis on breaking food safety issues worldwide.
How We Deliver
- Collaborative linkages with the FDA, and its Centers of Excellence.
- Multi-disciplinary approach to food processes and validation.
- Internationally recognized scientists.
- Reduced front-end costs through leveraged grant awards.
NCFST Research Projects
For a list of collaborative research projects conducted jointly by the FDA and IIT, see our Collaborative Research Projects Page.