Register for the EPSCoR/GEM3 Annual Meeting (Dec 2-3 in Boise, ID)

The Idaho NSF EPSCoR Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for participants and collaborators in Idaho’s National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR Track-1 Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) project to connect, communicate, and coordinate our research and education activities related to Idaho’s program on Genes to Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, and Mapping (GEM3). The program is based on strong collaboration among Idaho’s public universities and participation of Idaho’s 2-year and 4-year colleges. Our work is intended to support lasting improvements in our state’s academic research infrastructure and education capacity in areas that support the state and university Science and Technology Strategic Plans.

Registration for this meeting is free to participants and collaborators who are actively involved in the program. If you are unsure about participation in this meeting, please contact Rick Schumaker (

Please register ASAP, but no later than November 22 for this important event.

Register HERE for the event

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Nov. 6th - BROADER IMPACTS 101: A Workshop on the National Science Foundation's Broader Impacts Criterion

Recognizing the importance of Broader Impacts (BI) in developing competitive proposals for the National Science Foundation, the University of Idaho Office of Research and Faculty Development, Idaho EPSCoR, and Washington State University are co-sponsoring BI 101. This unique, half-day training event will be presented by Dr. Jory Weintraub, Science Communication Program Director with the Duke University Initiative for Science and Society. Dr. Weintraub is a founding member of and BI trainer for the NSF-funded center, Advancing Research Impact in Society.

November 6, 2019, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Horizon Room, 4th floor Idaho Student Union Building

Registration is required. To reserve a place in the workshop, please see the attached flyer or click below on "Register for Event." 

For more information, contact Research and Faculty Development.

Register for Event

BI Workshop Flyer1.47 MB

ISU Grad Receives Editor's Choice Award

Former ISU geosciences graduate student, Chris Tennant (PhD, 2018), has received an Editor's Choice Award by the journal of Water Resources Research. Tennant, formerly funded under a NSF EPSCoR Track-1 award Water Resources in a Changing Climate and a Track-2 award for the Western Consortium of Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico is being recognized for his research paper that uses data collected by lidar imaging to better measure snowpacks in Western U.S. mountains.

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Chris Tennant


2018 Shreeve Award


Colden Baxter, Idaho State University biological sciences professor, is the recipient of the 2018 Jean'ne M. Shreeve NSF EPSCoR Research Excellence Award. The award was announced at the 2018 Idaho EPSCoR Annual Meeting in Sun Valley.

Baxter first participated in NSF EPSCoR in Idaho as a junior faculty member upon joining ISU in 2004. This prestigious award is for the research accomplishments resulting from his productive career, assisted by early involvement in NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement programs.

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New EPSCoR RII Award!

The new NSF EPSCoR research program seeks to understand how genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive capacity. Two focal taxa will be under study: one aquatic (redband trout) and one terrestrial (sagebrush). These taxa are integral to ecosystems in the American West, and are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of the region.

Redband Trout


Linking Genome to Phenome to Predict Adaptive Responses of Organisms to Changing Landscapes

Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 Award (2018-2023)

This award will advance fundamental knowledge on the mechanisms that rule genome to phenome pathways to predict how species adapt to external stressors and a changing environment. It will help translate this knowledge into evidenced-based resource management policies and practices for more adaptive and resilient species and landscapes.

Idaho's approach is through Genes to Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, and Mapping (GEM3). This statewide project combines research strengths in bioinformatics, complex modeling, ecology, fisheries science, genomics, geospatial science, remote sensing, and social-ecological systems (SES) science to contribute to one of the most compelling and contemporary national challenges of our time – understanding the "Rules of Life: predicting phenotypes from what we know about the genome and environment".

Learn more about GEM3

NSF 2026 Idea Machine

NSF 2026 is one of the Foundation's 10 Big Ideas.  It will invest in bold foundational research questions that are large in scope, innovative in character, originate outside any particular NSF directorate, and require a long-term commitment.   NSF 2026 will cross boundaries in innovative ways, fill recognized gaps, or take advantage of new opportunities. This Big Idea is framed around the year 2026 in order to tie into the Nation's 250th anniversary. It will ensure continuous exploration at the frontiers and risk-taking in areas that might not fit inside the "box" of any particular NSF program.

NSF 2026 invites the community to help set the Foundation's long term STEM research and education agenda by participating in the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition to identify new directions for future research. Key points about the Idea Machine:

  • Entrants suggest "grand challenge" questions for future research, first in narrative form and then a subset via video pitches.
  • The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on entries.
  • Authors of the best ideas will receive public recognition and/or cash prizes

Enter Now!

idea machine timeline


Research Highlights Paths to the Well-being of Mid-sized Cities

A new collaborative research study by MILES researchers at Idaho State University, Boise State University, and University of Idaho, was recently published in "Urban Ecosystems" in June 2018.

The article, "A comparative study of urban fragmentation patterns in small and mid-sized cities of Idaho," examines the impact of urbanization on ecological function and its effect on the provisioning of ecosystem services. This collaborative study, which could help to inform and balance urban growth within and around Idaho's mid-sized cities, has the potential to minimize fragmentation, increase property values, and create communities that highlight the ecosystem services that are important to the residents.

Journal link

MILES Research Link

NSF Grants Conference, Nov 8-9

Save the Date! Join us on November 8-9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana for the 50th National Science Foundation Grants Conference! The Fall 2018 NSF Grants Conference will be held at the Intercontinental New Orleans.

These events are primarily designed to provide new faculty, researchers and administrators with key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF, including proposal preparation and merit review basics, award management topics and other important information. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and to answer attendee questions.

Registration will open on Thursday, September 6th at 12:00 PM EST. We anticipate the conference will reach capacity very quickly, so we encourage you to register as soon as it opens. We will send an email reminder to our listserv on Tuesday, September 4th.

In the meantime, please feel free to check for the most up-to-date information, and view recordings of sessions from last year's event. (You may also contact us via email:

We hope to see you in New Orleans in the Fall!

Entomology paper credits NSF EPSCoR 20 years after initial project funding

In 1998, a $3.8M NSF-Idaho EPSCoR award was made to support research in the areas of molecular ecology and environmental science and engineering at Idaho's higher-education institutions. The funds were used to increase the long-term productivity of Idaho's young research faculty by improving the research tools and human talent available to them for furthering their ongoing investigations.

In a 2018 Annual Review of Entomology paper entitled, "Insect-Borne Plant Pathogens and Their Vectors", authors Eigenbrode, Bosque-Perez, and Davis credit the 1998 NSF-Idaho EPScoR award, demonstrating the legacy and lasting impact NSF EPSCoR has on research in Idaho.

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Social-Ecological Future of the American West

HES Workshop, Boise State (May 7-10, 2018)

Workshop goals:

  • Communicate key interactions & feedbacks affecting environmental sustainability, 
  • Inform the development of effective management strategies

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