Johnson announces funding for USD U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that the University of South Dakota will receive a $358,750 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be used to investigate the causes of heart disease through molecular research. "This grant will help ensure that the University of South Dakota continues to provide quality education while producing important cutting edge research," said Johnson. "A key part of my Hometown Prosperity Plan is investing in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of an investment that will help South Dakotans." Senator Johnson's Hometown Prosperity Plan is a four-pillar agenda for advancing South Dakota's economy from the federal level. The four pillars, or strategies, include "Promoting Partnerships," "Emphasizing Entrepreneurship," "Investing in the Public Good," and "Protecting Pocketbooks." The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from http://johnson.senate.gov.