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. 

Incubation Fund Program

The State Board of Education receives funds each year through the legislature’s college and university appropriation used for the mission and goals of the Higher Education Research Council. These funds are used to develop research infrastructure, promote STEM education, foster innovation and technology, and enhance the research environment at Idaho’s public institutions. Nationally and within Idaho, we recognize that intellectual property and technology created through university research is not always fully utilized or reaching its economic potential.

HERC believes that to fully realize the potential of technical advances at universities, to meet the expectations of stakeholders, and to create opportunities for retaining students within Idaho, an incubation fund should be established from which technologies that meet specific criteria be incubated to support technology transfer and commercialization. These are investments in selected technologies with expectations that the licensing of these technologies will provide benefits to universities and stimulate economic development.

To be considered, see the FY 18 Incubation Fund Request for Proposal, and submit a proposal if your initiative fits the criteria. 

2018 Incubation Fund RFP

Research Center Grant Program

The Higher Education Research Council recommends that funds be provided to establish focused research centers, which provide the facilities and staff necessary to conduct intensive research at a nationally competitive level and for leveraging extramural research funding. The Research Center Grant Program (RCGP) is a competitive program held every three years. Idaho’s four-year public institutions are eligible for this grant program.