To discover knowledge and create technologies that are transferable to stakeholders and the public, investigators use a variety of basic and applied research methods and tools. All tenure system faculty members in the Department are engaged in interdisciplinary research. It is through such collaborations that the Department contributes to creative problem solving for complex issues surrounding the creation of abundant food and energy in a manner that is environmentally sustainable for the betterment of individuals, families, and communities in Illinois and around the world.

Thematic areas of research in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition address several grand challenges facing society that cut across components of an integrated food system.