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Competitive Research Grant Program

Grants to South Dakota IHE Faculty to Expand Research
Capacity and Explore Economic Growth Opportunities in the State

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South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR)

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04/09/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $90,000 to South Dakota academic personnel at eligible institutions of higher education for research activities that can enhance in-state commercial development and economic growth. Funding is intended for individual or collaborative efforts.

The goal of the Competitive Research Grant (CRG) Program is four-fold:

  1. Increase the level of university research in South Dakota’s technology based economic development;
  2. Further expand academic research;
  3. Build additional statewide research capacity; and
  4. Exploit new commercial development opportunities arising from it. 

Researchers may apply for awards in one of two tracks. Track I grant awards may not exceed $90,000 and are intended to cover salaries, post-doctoral assistance, student support, start-up packages, or infrastructure-related expenditures that are necessary to advance a research agenda, with an emphasis on acquiring external grant awards. A minimum of three Track I grant awards will be available in FY21. Track II grant awards may not exceed $25,000. Grants in this track are intended to cover salaries, student/staff support, or modest infrastructure-related expenditures that may be used to facilitate a record of successful external grant submissions. A minimum of three Track II grant awards will be available in FY21.

Priority will be given to projects (1) in research and innovation areas that create pathways to placement in South Dakota for students after graduation, including workforce or enrollment in graduate/PhD programs, and (2) which have the potential to sustain themselves beyond the funding provided by the CRG Program, whether it be by competing for external funding or otherwise.

It is the responsibility of the proposal author to demonstrate that the criteria are met:

1. The proposed research should be a high priority for a federal, state or private sector funding agency (or agencies) as indicated in agency strategic plans and/or recent funding patterns of the agency. This criterion is to ensure that the potential for longterm funding and building of a successful research program is available.

2. The research should build upon the expertise and experience of the faculty member who has an idea, concept, or hypothesis they wish to research and exploit so that they can help expand the university system’s research capacity.

3. The research should have the potential for development of a commercial product, entity, or bringing of substantial new programmatic resources to the university.

4. The proposal should engage undergraduate students in research and innovation projects that advance the institution’s undergraduate mission.

5. Preference will be given to the seven key research and development areas identified in the 2020 Vision: The South Dakota Science and Innovation Strategy, which include:

    1. Advanced Manufacturing & Materials
    2. Energy and Environment
    3. Human Health and Nutrition (including Medical Technology)
    4. Information Technology/Cyber Security/Information Assurance
    5. Plant and Animal Bioscience
    6. Underground Science & Engineering
    7. Visualization (from the molecular level to global systems)

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GrantWatch ID#: 183226

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Number of Grants:

A minimum of three awards will be made in each of two funding tracks.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Researchers may apply for awards in one of two tracks. Track I grant awards may not exceed $90,000.Track II grant awards may not exceed $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant period: August 21, 2020 to August 20, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be:
1) Tenure-track faculty status or research faculty on continuing appointment from other than state funding sources, at one of the six public higher education institutions in South Dakota: SD Mines, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Black Hills State University, Northern State University, and Dakota State University.
2) Be within their first four years of full time employment at one of the six Regental institutions.

Since the purpose of the program is to build capacity, priority will be given to individuals who are beginning their research career and who demonstrate a potential for significant growth in research with the receipt of this award. Likewise, faculty who have high teaching loads and who demonstrate high research potential, should they be able to reduce those teaching loads via a research award, are encouraged to apply. Researchers engaged in ongoing funded research may apply according to the stipulations outlined herein. Collaborations among researchers are encouraged.

Ineligible for this program are adjunct faculty, clinical faculty, and volunteer faculty, those currently receiving more than 25% of their salary support from the Governor Research Center Program or the Agricultural Experiment Station, and research faculty on short-term, temporary or provisional appointments.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2020
Anticipated Announcement of Awards: Late May, 2020

Request for Reimbursement: Upon request by the awardees' institution, the Board of Regents will provide phased funding by August 21, 2020, January 8, 2021, and May 21, 2021 in payment of the award during the year of work.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to:

Marcy Olsen
South Dakota Board of Regents
South Dakota EPSCoR
4801 N. Career Ave. Suite 103
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Tel: (605) 274-9533

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