North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP)

North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: May 25, 2019

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher College / University Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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North Central Soybean Research Program

The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) was established in 1992 by state checkoff organizations in the North Central states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

We are a farmer-led organization that invests soybean checkoff funds in university research and Extension programs to better understand and manage plant stressors that reduce soybean yield and farmer profitability. The mission of the NCSRP is to maximize producer returns by coordinating regional research efforts, minimizing duplication of research, and assuring that regional research projects are targeted at problems of the North Central soybean producer.


The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) combines soybean check-off funds from its 12 member states in order to sponsor basic and applied research to increase soybean profitability and enhance yield, while maintaining or improving soybean composition, through genetic improvement and biotic and abiotic stress mitigation for soybean maturity groups 0 – IV. 

The NCSRP is seeking collaborative multi-state soybean research project renewal requests and new proposals for funding to begin on October 1, 2018. 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 weeds and weed resistance to herbicides for species of common occurrence and threat across the North Central Region.
  • Soybean production practices, crop management and conservation through on-farm research and similar for increased yields and profitability in an environmentally sustainable manner. This may include basic and applied research that addresses soybean response to water, nutrients and water quality, climate, soil and environmental conditions specific to the North Central Region.

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 progress when requesting renewals and multi-year projects, as continued funding will be determined by the demonstration and communication of real and meaningful first-year results. 

Researchers are strongly encouraged to demonstrate interdisciplinary and interuniversity approaches and collaborations. If appropriate, researchers should consider submitting larger program proposals with clearly described and sub-budgeted projects within the program proposal. While smaller collaborative projects will be considered, program proposals may demonstrate coordinated, nonredundant and potentially higher impact research and communication efforts to advance soybean farmer and industry priorities. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We invest soybean checkoff funds in university research and Extension programs to better understand and manage plant stressors that reduce soybean yield and farmer profitability. 
  • The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) is a farmer-led checkoff program that provides contract research funding to entities, almost exclusively land grant and similar universities, for the purposes of conducting basic and applied research, extension and outreach that is focused on farmer-driven soybean priorities that will benefit soybean farmers in the short and long term to be more productive, profitable and sustainable.