Research Centers at USD create a critical mass of researchers, resources, and multi-disciplinary expertise to advance the boundaries of knowledge in a wide range of study. A partial list includes.
- South Dakota Small Business Development Center provides resources, consultation, and support for emerging South Dakota businesses. Through a network of six offices across the state and 1100 SBDC offices around the country, we provide professional, confidential and no-cost business consulting services, including one-on-one counseling and training, to individuals starting a business or looking for ways to improve an existing business. Since 1985, the South Dakota SBDC has helped clients obtain more than $651 million in financing, creating or preserving more than 12,014 jobs within the state.
- The Center for Research and Development of Light-Activated Materials (CRDLM) is led by a diverse team of research scientists at the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and the Avera Research Institute. The development of the CRDLAM was made possible by a grant awarded from the State of South Dakota through the Governor's 2010 Research Initiative.
- The Center for Ultra-low Background Experiments at DUSEL (CUBED) is designated a South Dakota Governor's 2010 Research Center. CUBED was created to integrate with research initiatives planned at Sanford Underground Lab and at the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL), a national lab under development at the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.
- Disaster Mental Health Institute researchers work to promote, develop, and apply innovative practices and research in the field of disaster mental health. The Institute was founded in 1993 and was designated a South Dakota Board of Regents Center of Excellence in 1997.
- The Government Research Bureau (GRB) conducts applied research in the fields of public policy and public administration. The GRB's research and training focuses on leadership development, strategic planning for governments, non-profits, and businesses; data collection, analysis, and database development for governments and businesses; citizen and customer satisfaction assessment; and criminal justice research.
- The Institute of American Indian Studies conducts research and policy development on tribal governance and issues in contemporary American Indian society. The Institute also develops, coordinates and funds interdisciplinary research projects, sustains relations with tribes and tribal colleges, advises on tribal relations and culture, issues publications, administers several endowments supportive of Native American education and student life, and hosts numerous lectures and conferences on topical Native American questions.
- The Missouri River Institute develops and promotes research, education, and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River basin. The institute's work is crucial, as the Missouri River system faces increasing demand on its resources.
- The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Neural Mechanisms of Adaptive Behavior studies the structural reorganization of neural pathways that results in adaptive behaviors in response to novel experiences or disease states.
- USD is the lead site for the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN). We collaborate with project partners at seven sister sites in South Dakota to conduct research funded by the National Center for Research Resources, under the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program of the National Institutes of Health.
- The Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities (COE) is a partnership between The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM), Sanford Research/USD, Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board (GPTCHB) and Sinte Gleska University (SGU) that is addressing health disparities among Native American people in the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service Region and facilitating health disparity research through training and education. This partnership received funding for a collaborative grant submitted to establish a joint National Center for Minority Health Disparities (NCMHD) Exploratory Center of Excellence. Principal Investigator (PI) of the COE is Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Yutrzenka. This award is a renewal of a 5-year program project (Perryman-PI; Elliott-Co-PI) that created the infrastructure to be competitive for a Center of Excellence award. The COE is funded by a grant (P20MD001631) from the National Institutes in Minority Health and Health Disparities.