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Division of Research & Economic Development

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About the Division of Research and Economic Development

The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders, and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university has positioned itself as a leader in agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences. The research enterprise also capitalizes on expertise in digital technology related to agriculture and resource management.

The precision agriculture initiative brings together experts from computer science, statistics, engineering, remote sensing and agriculture, as well as industry partners to increase the profitability and the sustainability of agriculture.

  • Research expenditures increased by more than $4 million from $63.5 million in fiscal year 2018 to $67.6 million in fiscal year 2019. This 6.5% increase moves the university closer to its Imagine 2023 goal of increasing research productivity by 40%.
  • SDSU ranked 182nd for total research and development expenditures in 2019 according to the National Science Foundation. 

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Saikat Basu

SDSU professor improves COVID-19 prevention spray protocol

A trip to see family in India gave assistant professor Saikat Basu an opportunity to improve delivery of an antiseptic nasal spray to help reduce risk of COVID-19.

SDSU chemistry research featured on journal cover

Having your research on the cover of a prestigious journal is a milestone in a faculty member’s career—it’s something South Dakota State University assistant professor Rachel Willand-Charnley and undergraduate researcher Timothy Paris already have under their belts.

New ice core data tracks climate-changing eruptions

Chemistry professor Jihong Cole-Dai is part of an international team of scientists that analyzed chemicals in a West Antarctica ice core to compile the most accurate chronology of volcanic eruptions produced thus far.