The North Central Soybean Research Program in Ankeny, Iowa, combines soybean funds from its twelve member states in order to sponsor basic and applied research that leads to increases in soybean profitability and enhanced yield while maintaining or improving soybean composition.
Grants will be awarded in support of research projects focused on increasing soybean grower productivity and profitability while improving environmental stewardship. NCSRP will fund both applied and basic research, as well as the communication of research results, with the goal of providing short- and long-term practical benefit to Midwestern soybean producers.
Projects must logically fit into one of NCSRP's key research areas, including soybean yield enhancement through classical and molecular breeding to increase genetic yield potential and yield stability via gene discovery and germplasm development; basic and applied research directed at soybean disease, nematode, insect pest, and abiotic stress biology, as well as management and yield loss mitigation (including new and emerging threats) of consistent or potentially significant economic impact; management of weed resistance to herbicides for species of common occurrence and threat; basic and applied research that addresses soybean response to water, nutrients, climate, soil, and environmental conditions specific to the North Central Region; and soybean production practices and crop management for increased yields and profitability in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Researchers are strongly encouraged to demonstrate interdisciplinary and inter-university approaches and collaborations. If possible, researchers should consider submitting larger program proposals with clearly described and sub-budgeted projects within the program proposal. While individual projects will be considered, program proposals that demonstrate coordinated, non-redundant, and potentially higher impact research and communication efforts to advance soybean farmer and industry priorities are preferred.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NCSRP website.