Group pushes for more research dollars at NDSU and UND

Sep 18, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A group called the Valley Prosperity Partnership is supporting legislative efforts to bring more financial support to the state’s two research universities – UND and NDSU.

The Partnership is pushing for the creation of an “emerging technology fund” to support collaborations between the two universities and businesses to commercialize the research. It also wants to give the two universities more decision-making independence on  such items as tuition and recruiting top-notch staff.


UND, NDSU, the University of South Dakota and a consortium of hospitals in the Dakotas have received a $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The grant is to help counter high rates of certain cancers in this region. It is a 5-year grant.

UND medical school associate dean Marc Basson is the principal investigator for the grant. He said it was important to have the hospitals be a part of this – because there often is a gap between research and how it translates to patient care.

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The director of North Dakota’s Commerce Department wants the North Dakota University System to put more emphasis on “technology transfer” from the two big research universities.

Jay Schuler told the Board of Higher Education – North Dakota can do better when it comes to having research become commercial. Schuler said other states – like Minnesota and Iowa -- are doing it – and North Dakota has a great potential to do more.

UND researchers to study ways to improve power grid

Aug 27, 2015

Researchers at the University of North Dakota will soon begin studying ways to improve the reliability of the country's power grid.

Assistant Professor  Dr. Prakash Ranganathan and Associate Professor Dr. Naima Kaabouch work within the electrical engineering department of UND's College of Engineering and Mines.  They say the nation's current power grid structure is over 50 years old, and needs updating.  Ranganathan says the research will look into what causes instability within the grid, resulting in blackouts than can cost tens of billions of dollars.

'Intellectual Property' study to begin

Jan 21, 2014

This week, two North Dakota Legislative interim committees will be looking at the issue of “intellectual property” – when it comes to research being done at the state’s universities.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, this issue is complex – and is being hotly debated in and out of higher education nationwide.

A Legislative interim committee will be studying the issue of “intellectual property” – as it pertains to North Dakota’s research universities.

“Intellectual property” refers to research discoveries and inventions produced by academic research. It often becomes marketable to business.

"The purpose was not to let those who are doing the work on the campuses of UND and NDSU know we're watching, and we want to nit-pick," said Sen. Tony Grindberg (R-Fargo). "The purpose is to raise the bar on best practices."