Research at South Dakota State University

Division of Research and Economic Development

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is building a future for South Dakota, the nation, and the globe. SDSU's primary land-grant mission is to create opportunities for our state through research and education. Research has been a vital part of SDSU since 1887 with the creation of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. Since that time, SDSU has been the reliable resource for research-based information and community leadership. Today, research provides a solid knowledge base for economic development, academic programs, and experiential opportunities for students.

The recent growth of research has changed the stature and landscape of SDSU. Funding from grants and contracts in FY 2012 increased nearly three-fold since 2005. The funding portfolio is highly diversified and includes sources from several federal agencies, state funds, industry, non-governmental organizations, and gifts through the SDSU Foundation. The university is investing in new facilities and basic infrastructure, including a new greenhouse facility. New support staff have been added to help SDSU become more successful in today's competitive research arena.

Our primary strengths include agriculture, engineering, human health and nutrition, renewable energy, pharmaceutical sciences, geospatial information sciences, environmental sciences, and many other fields. Some basic points about SDSU research include:

  • SDSU has the most active research program in the state with nearly $70 million in research expenditures.
  • SDSU is South Dakota's first High Research Activity institution, as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • SDSU's ranking by the National Science Foundation has improved from 195th place in 2005 to 175th in 2011.
  • SDSU is the home of four active Governors Research Centers.

This web site provides information that is frequently requested by both SDSU staff and external stakeholders. Please use the links provided on the left side of this page to accesses institutional information, forms, policies, and contacts. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Kevin D. Kephart, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research & Economic Development