Our Research

Research at FPDI extends from fundamental to applied research where we work to transition innovative technologies for stakeholder use in protecting the food system. 

We actively work to identify current food protection and defense challenges so as to align our research and development to address them with feasible and practical solutions. Current research themes aimed at mitigating threats to the food supply focus on Predictive Analytics, Supply Chain Resiliency, Intentional Adulteration and Food Fraud, Vulnerability Risk Analysis, Event Modeling, and Cybersecurity in Food Systems. FPDI has accomplished 175 research projects within our consortium focused on protecting the food system. In addition to the current research themes, research capabilities also include Agent Behavior, Information Sharing, Systems Strategies, Risk Communication, and Education targeted for food defense and homeland security. The breadth of the FPDI research portfolio and connections to researchers and experts across the world provide an unparalleled network to undertake research for protection and defense of the food system.

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Our areas of expertise

Our Approach

Developing solutions to complex problems requires a broader range of expertise and experience than found within any one individual or organization. FPDI works with sponsors, stakeholders, and customers to define the dimensions of the problem and then we reach deep into our extensive network to ensure the required skills, knowledge, and perspectives are present at each stage of the project. Using this approach, our collaborators from industry, academia, NGOs, and government are integral in defining gaps, articulating requirements, assessing results, and co-designing feasible and implementable solutions. Learn more about how FPDI uses a Collaborative Approach to take research to the next level.