University Officials To Legislators: Research Dollars Benefit All Of ND

The North Dakota Legislative Higher Education Committee, which includes State Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks (third from right) and panel chair, State Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Grand Forks (first from right), met on the UND campus June 5 to discuss research at UND and NDSU and how to fund it. Holmberg chairs the Higher Education Funding Committee in the Senate, while Sanford heads up the House committee on funding higher education. Photo by Connor Murphy/UND Today.

Most everyone agrees that research investments benefit North Dakota and its people.

How to obtain and distribute those dollars – and how much the research universities collaborate – was a matter of discussion at the Legislative Higher Education Committee meeting Tuesday, June 5, on campus.

The legislators met Monday at Mayville State University to discuss financial and other issues.

Tuesday’s (June 5) focus was research at UND and NDSU and how to fund it.

Legislators frequently queried presenters, asking about cooperation between institutions, measuring research results, funding and more. UND and NDSU do cooperate in research and other areas, said presenters, who mentioned a joint biomedical engineering degree, ND EPSCoR and a project to produce ammonia that involves the UND EERC, UND chemistry, and NDSU researchers.

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