SD Regents Say Research Centers Meet Goals
by Associated Press
April 04, 2013 8:07 AM
A report presented to the South Dakota Board of Regents says the Governor's Research Centers are meeting their goals of spurring competitive research and converting ideas into commercial endeavors.
The South Dakota Legislature first funded the research centers in 2004 at the request of then-Gov. Mike Rounds.
Regents Vice President of Research and Economic Development Paul Turman says South Dakota has traditionally lagged behind other states in competitive research. He says funding of the Governor's Research Centers has helped generate research that can provide economic benefits to the state.
The report says 11 different research centers have been established over the years, but most have graduated to other sources of financing. The state currently funds five Governor's Research Centers. One works to produce high-purity germanium crystals for underground physics experiments.