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 leadership. The Experiment Station's work represents 15 departments and 32 centers, institutes and initiatives, and also supports research in other ISU colleges and in cooperation with scientists in other states and countries.
CALS Research Strengths
CALS ranks first out of 60 agricultural colleges for the number of faculty with federal research grants and third for the total number of federal grants, according to Academic Analytics comparisons (Feb 1, 2020). It also ranked second nationally for the number of faculty publishing findings in scientific journals.
Nearly $56 million in external funding was received by CALS/Agricultural Experiment Station-supported faculty and staff in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. Nearly 65 percent of the funding came from federal agencies. Over the past five years, CALS has brought in $275 million in external funding, averaging more than $55 million per year. 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 (FY2020).
- CALS and the 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.
How our Research is Funded