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.