Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Competitive Grants

The Leopold Center supports projects in a variety of areas that enhance sustainability for all Iowa agriculture. Since 1988, the Leopold Center has operated a Competitive Grants Program that has funded more than 500 Iowa-based agricultural and research projects in every county in Iowa.

About the grant process

The Leopold Center’s Competitive Grants Program is open to all Iowa educational and non-profit organizations. Each year, the Center selects new research and demonstration projects to fund. A Request for Pre-proposals (RFP) is issued in June of each year for funding in the next calendar year. See this year's RFP.

More information for grantees   - This page shows where the Leopold Center is in the current RFP process.

Current grants

This page lists all ongoing grants that have been awarded in each of the Leopold Center's four research initiatives: Ecology, Marketing and Food Systems, Policy and Cross-cutting. Each grant has its own page on the Leopold Center website that lists who is working on the project, goals and objectives, costs and how to reach project investigators. Whenever a grant project has been completed, a detailed final report is submitted to the Leopold Center. Final reports are summarized and posted on the Leopold Center website in an easy-to-read, printable form. 

Completed grants

This page lists all grants that have been completed, by year. Each grant project has its own page on the Leopold Center website showing what was learned, and links to easy-to-read, printable summaries of the project's final report.

Abstracts of completed grants

This publication includes abstracts from more than 350 projects funded by the Leopold Center from 1996 through 2014. Abstracts are listed by topic and year of project completion. Read the publication here.

Research Results

This is a quarterly e-newsletter that is distributed whenever new summaries of project findings are available. Investigators associated with all projects funded in the Leopold Center Competitive Grants Program are required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their work. These reports are summarized and posted on the Leopold Center website in two forms: multi-page summaries and one-page briefs. The Research Results newsletter has links to these summaries.

Sign up to receive the Research Results newsletter here. See the current issue here.