$258,000 to Iowa State University from USDA

WASHINGTON- Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $258,000 competitive grant to Iowa State University through the National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grant Program.

“Iowa State University has a tradition of performing high quality research,” Grassley said. “These funds will help them continue in that tradition.”

Iowa State University will use the money to help pay for a project titled, “Integration of quantitative genetics, statistics, and computational biology for animal genetic improvement.”

According to the Department of Agriculture, the National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grant Program provides funds to help train graduate and post-baccalaureate students in food and agricultural science disciplines.

Each year, thousands of local Iowa organizations, colleges and universities, individuals and state agencies apply for competitive grants and loans from the federal government.  The funding is then awarded based on each local organization or individual’s ability to meet criteria set by the federal entity.