UND Research Propelled By $3 Million In Seed Funding Programs

Vice President for Research & Economic Development Grant McGimpsey has a plan for research excellence at UND. The hunt for external federal funding is challenging and highly competitive among the country’s research universities, so he’s offering seed funding to make it easier. Photo by Jackie Lorentz/UND Today.

The University of North Dakota is a relatively small institution, but it’s building a big reputation.

Last fall, UND was voted one of the top 25 most innovative schools in the country, in a peer survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. Much of that innovation is brought to life by the University’s research community, and UND is making substantial investments in stoking that creative fire.

It’s all a part of the plan for research excellence.In fiscal years 2017 and 2018, seed programs supported through the UND Office of Research & Economic Development and its partners have awarded researchers and scholars an incredible $2,820,000 in funding to ignite their important work.

Goal Four of UND’s Strategic Plan is working toward a 2022 metric of roughly $120 million in internal and external research funding. And, according to Vice President for Research & Economic Development (VPRED) Grant McGimpsey, the hunt for external federal funding is difficult and highly competitive among the country’s research universities.

“One way that universities our size can compete is to offer internal funds that can help kick start some internal research that will get us to the point of being contenders for those large federal grants,” he said, adding that it’s encouraging that UND is investing in research at a time at which budgets are constrained. “It reaffirms the University’s commitment to its identity as a research university.”

University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy agreed, asserting, “These investments strengthen UND’s capabilities to be the chief opportunity engine for our state and students.”

Read more about UND’s research initiatives at UND Today.