Des Moines Register 10-04-06 $3.69 million in state grants to aid ISU in economic research Iowa State University researchers will use $3.69 million to provide grants to a variety of projects that push forward job-creating research - from establishing a pilot facility to make flammable synthesis gas from Iowa crops to determining how flaxseed can reduce cholesterol. Here's how the state economic development money - provided by Iowa lawmakers - is being spent: - $1 million to advanced food projects, such as developing corn containing starch that resists digestion and can be used to produce healthful ethnic foods. - Nearly $1 million to projects that focused on producing new fuels, lubricants and other materials from Iowa crops. - $650,000 to create an Information Science Technology Institute that will focus on developing collaborative research and development projects - such as virtual reality technology - with private industry. - $573,000 to projects that will focus on creating large animal models for research, such as screening technologies for mad cow disease. - $450,000 to research that focuses on protecting plant, animal and human health. - $100,000 to manufacturing projects that improve supply chain logistics.