Science & Research

Product innovation: Dairy Foods Research Centers

Research submissions

In order to keep the dairy industry strong, National Dairy Council® product research drives demand for dairy products and ingredients through the funding of pre-competitive nutrition and product research.

Learn about funding opportunities

Our research program works in partnership with the world-renowned National Dairy Foods Research Centers to provide a comprehensive array of resources, including research, education, pilot plant facilities, training and technical assistance.
Dairy Research Centers

Transforming knowledge into solutions that prioritize consumer demand

The Dairy Foods Research Centers and dairy applications labs assist in prototype and concept development, product and process troubleshooting, scale-up and sensory evaluation.

Check out short courses and workshops

See the National Dairy Foods Research Centers and application lab resource guide

Research centers and labs

Product scientists at application labs aid industry in bringing university new technology to market.
California Dairy Foods Research Center
Located at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and University of California, Davis
Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center
Located at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, St. Paul, Minn., campus;  South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.; and Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center
Located at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
Sensory Applications Laboratory
Located at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
Southeast Dairy Foods Research Center
Located at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., and Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss.
Western Dairy Center
Located at Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research
Located at University of Wisconsin-Madison