CALS Research Advances
Researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University’s Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station advance knowledge through basic science and its application in the fields of agronomy, animal science, food safety, ecology, plant pathology and the social sciences, building on 130 years of scientific leadership.
The Experiment Station's work represents 15 departments and 25 centers, institutes and initiatives, also supporting research in other ISU colleges and cooperating with scientists in other states and countries working with us on critical problems.
CALS Research Strengths
CALS ranks first out of 60 agricultural colleges for the number of faculty with federal research grants and second for the total number of federal grants, according to a recent Academic Analytics comparison (Aug. 11, 2020). It also ranked second nationally for the number of faculty publishing findings in scientific journals. Over the past eight years, CALS-supported scientists have brought in $400 million in sponsored funding, approximately $50 million per year. (December 2017 data)
These discoveries and inventions frequently are patented and licensed for development into products and services:
- Research by CALS faculty and staff account for 80 percent of Iowa State University's 377 active technology licensing and option agreements.
- CALS and the Experiment Station received the largest share of royalty income at Iowa State for the last three fiscal years.
- Nine of the top 20 income-producing technologies at Iowa State came from research in CALS and the Experiment Station.
How our Research is Funded