Research Proposals

Please download the NCSRP FY16 Request for Research Proposals for complete instructions and submittal criteria. Proposals due May 20, 2015.

The NCSRP is seeking soybean research proposals for funding to begin on October 1, 2015.  The NCSRP Board will fund research projects that address their goals to increase soybean grower productivity and profitability while improving environmental stewardship.  The NCSRP will fund 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.

It is critically important for researchers to develop collaborative regional projects, to identify how the deliverables will positively and tangibly impact Midwest soybean producers in the short- or long-term, and how deliverables will be communicated to growers and to the NCSRP.  Researchers should emphasize first year deliverables when requesting multi-year projects, as continued funding will be determined by the demonstration and communication of real and meaningful first-year results. 

Instructions for sending proposals

Please read the NCSRP FY16 Request for Research Proposals for complete instructions. Researchers interested in submitting a proposal should provide an electronic copy in Microsoft Word format and five original hard copies of the complete proposal to Sue Heath at and Dr. Ed Anderson by May 20, 2015. 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.