Research Proposals

The NCSRP is not currently seeking soybean research project requests. Please check back in early 2017.

The NCSRP Board funds research projects that address their goal to increase soybean grower productivity and profitability while improving environmental stewardship.  The NCSRP funds both applied and basic research, and the communication of research results, to provide short- and long-term practical benefit to Midwestern soybean producers. Projects must logically fit into one of these key research areas:

  • Soybean yield enhancement through classical and molecular breeding to increase genetic yield potential and yield stability via gene discovery and germplasm development, while maintaining or improving soybean composition, for the North Central Region.
  • Basic and applied research directed at soybean disease, nematode, insect pest and abiotic stress biology, management and yield loss mitigation, including new and emerging threats, of consistent or potentially significant economic impact across the North Central Region.
  • Management of weed resistance to herbicides for species of common occurrence and threat across the North Central Region.
  • Basic and applied research that addresses soybean response to water, nutrients, climate, soil and environmental conditions specific to the North Central Region.
  • Soybean production practices & crop management for increased yields and profitability in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Instructions for sending proposals

Researchers interested in submitting a proposal should provide an electronic copy in Microsoft Word format and 5 original hard copies of the complete proposal to Sue Heath at and Dr. Ed Anderson by May 20, 2016. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Ed Anderson, telephone (515) 334-1059 or email at

It is the policy of the North Central Soybean Research Program to NOT pay expenses for institutional overhead or student tuition remission.

Funds granted through this program are checkoff funds contributed to Qualified State Soybean Boards pursuant to the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, 7 U.S.C. 6304 (1) (4). Work performed under this Agreement will be performed in accordance with the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act and the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, 7 CFR Part 1220.