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Grants to South Dakota IHE Faculty to Expand Research Capacity and Explore Economic Development Opportunities

Competitive Research Grant Program

GrantWatch ID# 183226
Agency: State

Funding Source
South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: South Dakota

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/10/23 5:00 PM CST Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $90,000 to South Dakota academic personnel at institutions of higher education for research activities that enhance commercial development and economic growth. Funding is intended to assist early career faculty in developing their research portfolio by generating preliminary data to support submission to external funding opportunities. Faculty within the first four years of a tenure-track appointment may apply.

The Competitive Research Grant (CRG) Program helps early-career faculty develop their research and educational career by enhancing their ability to pursue and secure external funding to support their scholarly activities. The awards will allow researchers to generate preliminary data to 1) increase the level of externally supported university research in South Dakota’s technology-based economic development; 2) expand academic research; 3) build additional statewide research and STEM education capacity; and 4) exploit new commercial development opportunities. 

Preference will be given to proposals in STEM education and workforce development as well as the research and development areas identified in the South Dakota Science and Innovation Strategy. These include 1) value-added agriculture and agribusiness; 2) energy and environment; 3) human health and nutrition; 4) information technology and cybersecurity; and 5) materials and advanced manufacturing.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be in their first four years of a full-time, tenure-track position at the time of application.

Proposals may be joint proposals from two or more faculty members within or among BOR institutions.

Faculty receiving more than 25% of their salary from the Governor Research Center Program NSF EPSCoR Track 1 project or the Agricultural Experiment Station are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Proposal Due Date: February 10, 2023, by 5:00 PM (CST).
- Anticipated Announcement of Awards: Early April 2023

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $90,000

Term of Contract
Start of award: Summer 2023

CRP projects are expected to be one year in duration; however, projects can now be 18 months.

Contact Information
Submit applications and direct questions to

South Dakota EPSCoR
South Dakota Board of Regents
4801 N. Career Ave., Suite 103
Sioux Falls, SD 57507
Tel: (605) 274-9533

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