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About Research

As an emerging Metropolitan Research University of Distinction, Boise State University is committed to fostering an environment where exceptional research and creative activity thrive.

The university has well developed and productive research programs in such diverse areas as sensor development, biomolecular research, novel materials, health and public policy, geochemistry and geophysics, raptor studies, high-tech economic development, nanoelectronics and integrated systems, and school improvement in math and sciences. Excellence and innovation are the hallmarks of creative activity in music, arts, theatre and literature.

Boise State faculty conduct externally funded studies in Idaho and around the globe. Their research contributes to addressing some of the major health, environmental, technological and social issues of the day.

Many research endeavors at Boise State are interdisciplinary in nature and also involve collaborations with other universities, industry or with public organizations. Boise State students at both the undergraduate and graduate level are integrally involved in university research, and have many opportunities to work alongside faculty on funded projects. The National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S Department of Education are among agencies that fund university projects.

Boise State has a growing intellectual property portfolio with great potential for commercial development and technology transfer. A strategic approach to research has supported the university’s efforts to develop programs in areas that will be of increasing importance in the 21st century.

The Division of Research oversees the following units:

The Office of Sponsored Programs assists faculty in developing grant and contract proposals for financial support of research, instruction and creative activities. Services include budget development assistance, interpretation of applicable guidelines and policies, communication with external funding agencies and with internal units on behalf of faculty, and administrative support.

The Office of Research Compliance oversees compliance awareness and accountability within the research culture of the university through assistance, education, and communication. The office is responsible for activities involving human subjects, animal welfare, biosafety/biohazards, and research misconduct.

University and Industry Ventures assists research faculty, students and staff with the identification and protection of intellectual property. The office is responsible for commercializing inventions and creations by moving them from the research and development stage to the implementation phase through relationships with business and industry. Commericalization of Boise State intellectual property benefits the University, Idaho’s economy and the public.