Science grant to boost research, development

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials say a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help South Dakota's universities compete for lucrative research and development projects.

The five-year award will go to the South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. The program is a collaborative effort among nine colleges, the South Dakota Board of Regents and the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

Officials say the grant money will enable the schools to upgrade equipment, hire more faculty and establish a pool of qualified students to enhance scientific research and development.

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