Higher Education Research Council Programs

These programs are designed to stimulate competitive research at Idaho’s institutions, under the direction of the Higher Education Research Council.

Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant Program

IGEM Program Awards

Funding under this program will be awarded for competitive state university research in support of the goals of the IGEM initiative. These funds are to be used as seed funding for strengthening Idaho’s future by strategically investing in the development of expertise, products, and services which result in state economic growth.

Selected project proposals will be in alignment with the statewide higher education research strategic plan and will leverage the talents and expertise of Idaho’s research universities and the private sector to further the economic vitality of the state; they will create a platform to facilitate and accelerate the transfer of technology out of Idaho’s public state research facilities and into the private sector; and they will create new ideas, products and companies that lead to higher-paying jobs and a strong economic foundation for Idaho.

Priority will be granted to those proposals that can show a strong collaborative effort between institutions as well as the private sector or exhibit high potential for near term technology transfer to the private sector. 

The FY2025 Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Initiative Request for Proposals is now open. Pre-Proposals are due October 30, 2023 by 6 pm Mountain Time. Pre-Proposals selected to advance to the Full Proposal stage will be notified no later than January 10, 2024. Full Proposals will be due March 15, 2024 by 6 pm Mountain Time.

Incubation Fund Program

There will be no Incubation Fund Request for Proposals for FY2025.