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Letters of Intent Now Being Accepted Until Nov 17, 2022

At the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC), we’re passionate about expanding the growing portfolio of blueberry research. The USHBC Health Research & Nutrition Committee invites you to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that outlines a proposal for research on how the consumption of highbush blueberries affects human health in one of our five research pillars: Brain Health, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes/Prediabetes, Gut Health and Healthy Living.

Statement on USHBC Research

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is an agricultural Federal Research and Promotion Board established by the USDA. It was founded by and is funded by its members who are blueberry farmers, processors and importers in North and South America. The USHBC does not sell any product, and operates with independent oversight from the USDA. 

The objectives of USHBC are to fund research on the health effects of blueberries and to promote blueberries for the growth and well-being of the entire industry. 

USHBC funds research studies that are based on sound science and are conducted by independent researchers at well-established institutions. All publications of research studies are written by the researcher, independent of the USHBC. The Council follows USDA established guidelines and all descriptions of research findings are carefully worded so that conclusions are not overstated or misunderstood by the consumer. In addition, the USHBC promotes blueberries but does not discourage the consumption of any other fruit or vegetable.

Research to Date

While you’re here, browse the existing collection of in-depth blueberry science, and explore the following overview of research specifically funded by the USHBC.

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