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Sun Grant Initiative Mission Statement:

Through research, production and commercialization of renewable, biobased energy technologies, the Sun Grant Initiative aims to enhance national energy security; provide opportunities for rural economic development in America's traditional agricultural communities; promote environmentally sustainable and diversified production opportunities for agricultural and forestry resources; and encourage further bioenergy research collaboration between government agencies and land-grant colleges and universities.

From the Executive Director, Dr. Terry Nipp:

The Sun Grant Initiative is in its tenth year of operation, and is continuing to grow the nation's bio-economy through science in order to meet its energy needs, to support its rural communities, farms and forests, and to protect and sustain the environment. In recent years, the Sun Grant Initiative has strengthened its working relationships with key government agencies as well as with state agencies, federally funded laboratories, academics, public interest groups and the private sector. The members of working teams continue to build from their own disciplines, but have moved to effectively working together, creating the truly interdisciplinary projects that are necessary to make the production of bioenergy a practical reality.

In the years to come, Sun Grant aims to maintain its effective working relationships with the scientists and administrators who have made bio-based energy a success so far. We look forward to continuing to explore opportunities to collaborate, and to share findings and solutions to the nation's energy needs.



Executive Director, Sun Grant Association

National Sun Grant Association
P.O. Box 15574
Washington, DC 20003

Dr. Terry Nipp
Executive Director, Sun Grant Association

Dr. Tim G. Rials
Chairman, Sun Grant Association

North Central Regional Sun Grant Center- South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University
Administration Building 200
Sun Grant Center- Box 2201
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Vance Owens
Director, North Central Regional Sun Grant Center

Dr. Kevin Kephart
Vice President for Research & Economic Development, South Dakota State University

Dr. James Doolittle
Associate Vice President for Research Assurance & Sponsored Programs, South Dakota State University

Teresa Dawkins
Senior Accountant, North Central Regional Sun Grant Center

Northeast Regional Sun Grant Center-Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University
225 Agricultural Engineering 
University Park, PA 16802

South Central Regional Sun Grant Center-Oklahoma State University
215 Agricultural Hall 
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

Southeastern Regional Sun Grant Center-University of Tennessee
2506 Jacob Drive
University of Tennessee- Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996-4570

Western Regional Sun Grant Center-Oregon State University
138 Strand Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331