Northern State University's Office of Sponsored Projects provides research administration services for Northern.

About the Office

The Office of Sponsored Projects provides pre- and post-award services for faculty, staff and students. This includes assistance with:
  • Locating funding sources for ideas and proposed projects;
  • Securing application materials;
  • Preparing proposals and grant applications;
  • Coordinating on-campus approval phases;
  • Serving as the authorized organizational representative in submitting completed grant applications to funding agencies;
  • Interpreting agency award letters to determine grant administration responsibilities;
  • Establishing a fund for grants; and
  • Maintaining a deliverables calendar.
The office also prepares and maintains policies and procedures intended to ensure that the university can support proposed projects adequately and fulfill the requirements of the ensuing grants and contracts.

The office is a communication hub to help keep the university apprised of internal and external research opportunities, and helps ensure Northern complies with funding regulations.


Student Research

Northern is committed to student research:

  • Our Undergraduate Research page details Northern's student research opportunities
  • myNSU, our campus-only website, provides resources for student researchers
  • The campus-wide proposal process is available to help students find research project funding



Northern's faculty and staff have access to resources that support the grant application process, including PIVOT, a tool that helps locate funding for scholarly work. Detailed grant-development documents and required grant submittal forms are available through the Office of Sponsored Projects in MyNSU under “Office of Sponsored Projects” (under Employee Resources).  


Grant Process



Please contact Dr. Alyssa Kiesow for more information.

Recent faculty and staff grants


Dr. Ben Harley, assistant professor of English

Knight Foundation, $61,600

Northern’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will use these funds to build a pedagogy lab to train educators throughout the Aberdeen area on best practices for teaching effective and engaging courses in a variety of modalities. The lab will be outfitted with the technologies necessary to train teachers in face-to-face, online, and HyFlex pedagogies.


Ms. Lara Nelson, director of American Indian Circle Program

3M, $10,000

Funds from this grant will provide financial support to American Indian students to be successful in Northern’s STEM programs.  Two $5,000 scholarships will be offered to two notable and worthy American Indian students from South Dakota. 


Dr. Susan Citrak, assistant professor of chemistry

SDBOR Research and Development, $42,500

These funds will support the purchase of a benchtop powder X-ray diffractometer (PXRD) to advance Science Department materials characterization capabilities. PXRD is a foundational instrument for characterizing materials including mineral content in soils, synthesized inorganic materials, and crystallized proteins.


Dr. Amy Dolan, assistant professor of biology

Dr. Susan Citrak, assistant professor of chemistry

3M, $5,000

Funds from this grant will help Northern continue STEM outreach via monthly, hands-on activities to area elementary schools and provide teachers training, tools, and resources to bring STEM into their classrooms. In both instances, third- to fifth-grade classrooms are targeted to ensure a “captive” audience; funds support materials and supplies necessary to build STEM literacy in the region.


Dr. Jon Mitchell, associate professor of biochemistry

South Dakota Department of Health, $19,417

Funds will support continual surveillance of West Nile virus in mosquito populations in northeastern South Dakota. 


Dr. Christopher Stanichar, assistant professor of music

South Dakota Arts Council, $5,000

Funds will support three orchestral concerts performed by the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony, engaging the community in numerous ways. 


Mr. Sean Blackburn, dean of students

South Dakota Department of Health, $45,000

Funds will support continued screening, testing and immunization activities related to the COVID-19 virus in northeastern South Dakota.