$635,000 grant awarded to USD for equipment support for lab animals U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that The University of South Dakota will receive a $635,000 grant to upgrade its animal caging system and other equipment.
"I am pleased to see USD receive this funding to upgrade facilities," Johnson said. "Institutions like USD provide an invaluable service to society through their research, making incredible advances in science and medicine. I will continue to work with universities in the state and federal agencies to ensure that South Dakota universities have the resources and infrastructure to produce high-quality and innovative research."
This funding will be used to update the caging system and changing hoods for the research animals, as well as finance an environmental monitoring system and security system. New state-of-the-art caging and equipment will increase the accuracy and reliability of research data by decreasing the influence of environmental factors. Research animals are housed in a centralized facility on campus, meaning that the upgraded facility will benefit all researchers at USD and the School of Medicine.
This funding comes from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) within the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). NCRR ensures that institutions have the means to develop and access unique technologies, instrumentation, facilities, animal models, genetic stocks, and biomaterials.