CALS research advances
Researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University’s Ag 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 more than 130 years of leadership.
The Experiment Station's work also supports research in other ISU colleges and in cooperation with scientists in other states and countries.
CALS research strengths
CALS ranks in the top five nationally for faculty with federal research grants out of 60 agricultural colleges, and in the top six for the total number of federal grants, according to Academic Analytics comparisons (2022).
CALS ranks third out of 60 agricultural colleges nationwide for the number of faculty with awards (Academic Analytics, 2022).
Over the last five years, Experiment Station scientists successfully brought in more than $300 million in external funding to address critical needs and expand scientific frontiers (Feb. 2022).
CALS is a leader nationally in applying science and bringing it to commercialization.
- Research by CALS faculty and staff account for 80 percent of Iowa State University's 377 active technology licensing and option agreements (FY2020).
- CALS and the Ag Experiment Station received the largest share of royalty income at Iowa State for the last five fiscal years.
- Nine of the top 20 income-producing technologies at Iowa State came from research in CALS and the Experiment Station in the last two years.