Research & Sponsored Programs

Research Park

NIH Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Conference
National NIH/STTR Conference, Oct. 28-30, 2013

USD Research Park will host the National Institutes of Health's 15th annual Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., Oct. 28-30, 2013.

Close to 500 attendees are expected at this national conference that focuses on the NIH's SBIR/STTR funding opportunities for small businesses seeking to commercialize health-related technologies.

SBIR and STTR are programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration that provide research funding to small businesses interested in commercializing new technologies. The South Dakota SBIR office helps the state's small businesses seek SBIR and STTR funding from various federal agencies for technological innovation and to foster university-private sector partnerships.

Conference Website

USD Research Park:

The USD Research Park will provide an environment where university research can be conducted and commercialized and a resource to help grow companies in South Dakota. The Park will help connect universities with innovation-driven businesses that are in the entrepreneurial stages or expanding. Tenants are expected to establish relationships with university faculty and students or engage in activities related to research in Regental institutions.

University Center Grounds:

Located on the grounds of University Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., the 80-acre USD Research Park shares a campus with the Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center, which opened in 2009 and is focused on biomedical engineering research (biomaterials and biomedical devices).


USD is working with the South Dakota Technology Business Center and Forward Sioux Falls to plan and launch the park. These organizations will also play a key role in helping attract and support additional park tenants.