FY18 Competitive Research Grant RFP

Posted on: February 6, 2017   |   Category: Announcements

SdborThe 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 FY18 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.

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The amount of support available for this program is approximately $450,000 allocated into two funding tracks and is 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. To better orient research funding based on the varying levels of support faculty might need, faculty will be asked to submit proposals for one of two funding levels. This will allow three or more awards to be made in each track based upon the quality of the grant submissions and the value added to research at 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 should also apply for this grant opportunity.

Important Dates: 

  • Proposal Due Date: April 3, 2017 
  • Anticipated Announcement of Awards: May, 2017 
  • Grant Period: August 22, 2017 to August 21, 2018 

All communications regarding this program should be sent to:

Nathan Lukkes, System Assistant Vice President for Research & Economic Development