Augustana Earns Biomedical Research Grant From National Institutes of Health

Augustana is among the recipients of a $14.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support undergraduate research and faculty scholarship in the biomedical sciences.

Augustana will receive nearly $2 million over the next five years as part of the grant, provided through the NIH’s Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, an initiative designed to foster health-related research by providing research funds to 23 under-funded states and Puerto Rico though April 2020. The grant was awarded to a consortium of South Dakota colleges and universities, led by the University of South Dakota.

The grant will provide opportunities for 17 Augustana students annually to perform novel research during the summer. Students can perform this research with faculty at Augustana, other research institutions in the state, or through a first-of-its-kind paid internship program shared with biotech companies in South Dakota. Students also have access to travel funds to present their work at scientific conferences throughout the nation. The grant will also support the renovation efforts of the Froiland Science Complex and provide release time funds for faculty looking to develop innovative research projects.

Augustana officials say the grant is a major pillar of support for undergraduate research opportunities, noting that annually more than $500,000 is dedicated to creating experiences that are essential for students hoping to attend graduate schools, health professions schools, or join the biotech-driven workforce. Augustana has received funds from this grant program since 2001, and has provided invaluable experiences for more 200 students to date. The grant also funded more than $1 million in new equipment used by students and faculty over the last decade.