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Consortia and Partnerships

Boise State participates in several regional consortia that enhance opportunities and facilitate connections for faculty and researchers. Many of these consortia offer exclusive grant opportunities and other support to their members.

Mountain West Research Consortium - Clinical Translational Research

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Boise State contact: Laura Bond (

Clinical Translational Research – Infrastructure Network  (CTR-IN)
A National Institutes of Health Consortia
Lead Institution: University of Nevada-Las Vegas

MWR is comprised of 11 academic institutions working together to build capacity for transformative biomedical research and improve health outcomes within the Western states region. The consortium provides opportunities for collaboration and research training, as well as access to shared resources and services.

In 2009, through a memorandum of understanding between member institutions, MWRC established the following strategic objectives:

  1. Create an effective and efficient system of governance with the Executive and Steering Committees described above
  2. Establish research infrastructure support mechanisms to share and leverage resources
  3. Develop pilot fund programs to stimulate collaboration between basic and clinical scientists and provide funding opportunities for junior faculty across the MWRC
  4. Develop collaborations based on disease and clinical content areas with special consideration of unique populations and environment in the Mountain West region
  5. Develop websites, databases and other collaborative tools to support the work of the MWRC

Pilot Grant awards of up to $60,000 for one year to develop new clinical or translational research programs at MWRC institutions.

Mini-Sabbatical support of up to $75,000 for mid-career and senior investigators to spend time in residence at another institution in order to obtain experience to move into translational or clinical research.

Visiting Scholar support of up to $40,000 for early career investigators to spend time in residence at another institution in order to gain experience in clinical or translational research and obtain skills to help them further their careers in one or both of these categories of research.

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Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

Boise State contact: Steve Novak (

The Great Basin is geographically well defined, bounded on the west by the Sierra Nevada range, on the north by the northern edge of southern plains of Idaho, on the east by the Wasatch range of Utah, and on the south by the Mojave desert in southern Utah and Nevada. Established in 2001.

Lead Institution: University of Nevada-Reno


  • Provide research, technical assistance and education to federal land management, environmental and research agencies and their potential partners;
  • Develop a program of research, technical assistance and education that involves the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences needed to address resources issues and interdisciplinary problem-solving at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context at the local, regional, and national level; and
  • Place special emphasis on the working collaboration among federal agencies and universities and their related partner institutions

The CESU Network partners are organized into seventeen units. CESUs function as “virtual” organizations, linking federal agencies and institutions to increase access to expertise and facilities. Each CESU is composed of federal agencies, a host university, and partner institutions.

Each CESU has an administrative structure that allows partners to work cooperatively and efficiently. These include the cooperative and joint venture agreement, a federal managers committee, a role and mission statement, and strategic and annual work plans.


  • University faculty and institutional experts- close professional collaboration with federal employees and increased opportunities for interdisciplinary, multi-agency research projects related to federal resource management issues. The CESU Network makes their unique skills and expertise easily accessible by resource managers throughout the country.
  • Graduate students- increased research, fieldwork, and employment opportunities; exposure to contemporary federal resource management issues; and additional faculty, courses, and seminars.
  • University and institutional research programs- consistent and comprehensive agreements that provide for overhead costs, maximize opportunities for research, create a broadened scope of contacts with federal agencies, and offer a voice in establishing research agendas. Please note: Boise State University researchers can now pursue agreements through both the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountain CESU partnerships.

Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

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Boise State Contact: Pei-Lin Yu (

The Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystems Unit is the largest of the 17 CESUs in the United States. Like the Great Basin CESU, our other CESU partner, the RM-CESU is a partnership of federal agencies and research institutions that brings together the region’s best scientific talent and scholarship to help manage resource problems across social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental arenas.

The RM-CESU works to aid in the development and transmission of knowledge to land managers, political and industry leaders, and others who need such information.  The RM-CESU conducts research, education, and technical assistance on both agency specific issues and on issues concerning areas of mixed ownership, and can identify and manage activities that involve more than two partners. Federal agency funds are obligated through task agreements. Funding opportunities can be found on the RM-CESU webpage, above. Please note: Boise State University researchers can now pursue agreements through both the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin CESU partnerships.

Lead Institution: University of Montana

For more information about the nationwide system of CESUs, see

NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium

Boise State contact: Donna Llewellyn (
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The Idaho Space Grant Consortium provides support to students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), as well as funding and support for faculty researchers and K-12 educators.

The ISGC was established in 1991, and is one of fifty-two Space Grant Consortia established by NASA under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.

The Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) provides and supports numerous unique and exciting opportunities for the general public, K-12 students, educators, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and industry in areas related to NASA’s initiatives.

ISGC Scholarships
ISGC Fellowships
and other ISGC Funding Opportunities as announced throughout the year 



Boise State contact: Shawn Benner (

EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Mission: Assist the National Science Foundation in its statutory function “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.”

EPSCoR Goals:

  • to provide strategic programs and opportunities for EPSCoR participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness
  • to advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity.

Boise State faculty and students participate in a number of Idaho NSF EPSCoR projects, including MILES (Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services), an NSF/EPSCoR-funded project to advance the understanding of feedbacks between social and ecological systems and ecosystem services in mid-sized cities in the face of climate change and urban growth. Learn more about Idaho Ecosystems.

NIH IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)


Boise State Contact: Julia Oxford – Director of Biomolecular Research Center (
Barbara Jibben -Program Manager (

The National Institutes of Health INBRE Program has the express purpose to increase Idaho’s competitiveness for federal biomedical research funding and to improve the quality of biomedical education in the state.  It is a collaborative effort of research-intensive institutions to sponsor research and science-based educational opportunities with primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and community colleges.

It includes a network of 10 Idaho schools, plus the Boise VA Medical Center


  • Deliver unique, innovative, state-of-the-art biomedical research that contributes to improving human health
  • Invigorate faculty careers by sponsoring mentored, collaborative research and provide rich, intensive, competitive research experiences for students who are training as Idaho and the nation’s next generation of biomedical scientists
  • Create an environment for Idahoans with the talent and desire to solve health problems through research to do so.

Biomolecular Research Center

A collaborative research center designed to provide a supportive environment for interdisciplinary research and education

  • Focus: study of biomolecules with emphasis on proteins and protein interactions
  • provides seminars, training workshops, and other networking opportunities.
  • Mission: facilitate multidisciplinary research and research training programs in biomolecular sciences with a goal of increasing the level of biomolecular research achieved at Boise State University 

Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)

caes_logoBoise State Contact: Dr. David Solan ( and Dr. Harold Blackman (

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies is a research and education consortium among Boise State University, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming.

Focuses on 8 primary areas:

  • Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Materials
  • Geofluids Energy Science
  • Bioenergy
  • Energy Policy
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Emerging Research
  • Energy Efficiency

One of the missions of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies is to act as a catalyst for technology-based economic development in the state of Idaho and the region. The center is doing this through a variety of ways, including moving technology and research into the marketplace.

Funded by: the state of Idaho, the federal government through the DOE, and a variety of customers from private industry and government agencies.