Bringing the Economy Home

Idaho Awards ‘IGEM’ Money To Research Universities

Idaho Technology Council

More than $2 million has been awarded to Idaho’s research universities for the first phase of the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission or IGEM.

The public-private research initiative sailed through the 2012 Legislature after Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter pitched it as a way to expand technology development in Idaho.

Lawmakers set aside $5 million for IGEM.  The first three projects were announced this week:

  • $700,000 for Boise State University’s computer science program
  • $670,700 for Idaho State University’s medical and semiconductor industry applications
  • $640,200 for the University of Idaho’s cyber-security program

All three schools will use the money to further develop existing programs. In some cases that means hiring new faculty.

You can read more about IGEM here, and more about the universities plans here.


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