Iowa State University has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a new cybersecurity center in what could be an $86.7 million national effort with other unnamed universities and other partners. The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a $1.2 million grant for the Cybersecurity Research Institute for Manufacturing — should ISU be chosen from an unnamed field of candidates to lead the center — to cover the cost of a new system for detecting problems in manufacturing process and to fight cyberattacks. Should the DOE approve ISU as the leader of the consortium running the institute, the partners would need to raise about $17 million of the overall cost of the center. ISU documents submitted to IEDA did not identify sources of the match.