Competitive Research Grant RFP

Posted on: February 9, 2022   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
South Dakota Board of Regents

The R&D Innovation Grant program is designed to stimulate economic development by focusing on research and development areas with the highest potential for economic development in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Board of Regents will again sponsor the Competitive Research Grant Program as one of several initiatives designed to strengthen South Dakota’s research competitiveness. Originated in 2005 (formally known as the Individual Seed Grant Program), this program seeks to fulfill South Dakota’s goal for becoming a recognized leader in research and technology development.

The successful expansion of the Governor Research Centers and Ph.D. programs within the Regental system has resulted in the successful growth of research awards and expenditures. In line with these initiatives, the Competitive Research Grant Program is oriented toward increasing research expectations and opportunities for newer faculty, and the intent of this program is to invest in new research faculty to further enhance their research capabilities and capacities.

Through this FY23 Request for Proposals (RFP), the South Dakota Board of Regents solicits applications for research grants to faculty at any of the six institutions in the Regental System.

Six Regental Institutions: Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, and University of South Dakota

The amount of support available to fund projects under this program is approximately $435,000, contingent upon the availability of funds. It is recognized that faculty may be at different points in their research agenda or require different levels of support to generate the necessary research infrastructure to be competitive in obtaining external research funding. Funding will be based on the level of support needed to achieve the project goals ranging from $20,000 to $90,000. Faculty are encouraged to hone their budget to only the amount need to allow the program to fund the maximum number of projects based upon the quality of the grant submissions and the value added to our universities.

Tenure track faculty members in the first four years of their faculty appointment are encouraged to apply. Additionally, research faculty on continuing appointment from other than state funding sources that may have new or ongoing research that they would like to pursue are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Due Date: April 12, 2022
  • Anticipated Announcement of Awards: Late May 2022
  • Grant Period: August 22, 2022, to August 21, 2023

View the FY23 Request for Proposals (RFP)

View this Request for Proposals and other Research reports.