The Center for Produce Safety has begun requesting proposals on food safety research for 2015.

“This year we have modified our research process to require concept proposals as a first step to identify those ideas that meet the current expectations of the industry,” Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, the Center’s executive director said in a news release.

Deadline for the concept proposals is Dec. 9. The proposal form, plus research priorities and other guidance, is at

Over six years, the Center has funded 100 projects for $16.4 million.

The 2015 research objectives were identified through input from the produce industry as well as government and academic stakeholders. Feedback from Center research meeting participants and reviews of previously funded grants and research outcomes were also used.

The objectives cut across all fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, in production, packing, processing, cooling, storage, transportation, receiving and point-of-sale settings.