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Federal Agencies Connect to Researchers and Inventors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Fifteen participating agencies representing $2.2 billion in annual early-stage funding will be in Sioux Falls next week to meet with interested inventors and tech-based companies.

The South Dakota Small Business Innovation Research Center (SBIR) Center, in conjunction with the University of South Dakota Discovery District and South Dakota EPSCoR, will host a road tour event Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University Center-Sioux Falls. The event is open to all innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and small technology firms.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet one on one with program managers to learn how to successfully compete for funding in a broad range of research areas. Federal agencies participating will include National Institutes of Health, Navy, Air Force, Army, Missile Defense Agency, DARPA, Navy-NAVAIR, Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, NASA, DOC-NIST, Environmental Protection Agency, Small Business Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Details and ticket information about the event. Schedule one-on-one meetings. South Dakota EPSCoR has designated this event a professional development activity for faculty and for post-doctoral and graduate students and will cover registration fees.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News