DSU Leads Grant and Contract Award Growth Percentages
The South Dakota Board of Regents recently released results of research grant awards and contracts for the state universities for fiscal year 2010 (FY10). Dakota State University led all universities with a 212% growth in grant and contract awards from FY09 to FY10.
Dakota State had 25 proposals funded in FY10 for a total of $8,728,857. This was up from $2,793,635 awarded in FY09.
Research and academic resources along with scholarly pursuits are important to Dakota State’s vitality, says Dakota State President Dr. Doug Knowlton. “Higher education institutions are frequently ranked according to their ability to attract outside funding through a competitive proposal process. Dakota State’s growth from last fiscal year to this is a sign of our success of gaining outside support from both public and private agencies. It is also an endorsement of our information technology mission that outside sources want to invest in Dakota State.”
Increasing research activity at DSU is a goal on the university’s 2007-2012 strategic plan. To achieve the goal, the university set a $5 million benchmark for grants and contracts awarded to DSU by 2012. The $8.7 million total in 2010 surpasses that target two years early. “We are pleased to have exceeded the benchmark set forth in our strategic plan so early,” says Knowlton, “but our focus on increased outside funding will continue. We have several proposals in the pipeline, and more that are being currently written, so we are confident our on-going growth in this area will be positive.”
Dakota State submitted 40 proposals in fiscal year 2010. As a regental system, the amount of grant and contract awards to South Dakota universities was up 38.9%.