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IDeA Programs Office

Welcome to the IDeA Programs Office

The IDeA Programs Office (IPO), formerly known as the Center of Excellence in Biomedical Research, at Boise State University provides administrative support for several biomedical research and training programs. Together, these programs provide research opportunities, training, career development, networking, and  resources that are available to students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty to further career and professional development. These programs include the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Matrix Biology, Convergent Engineering and Biomolecular Science (CEBS) COBRE, statewide Idaho IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), the Mountain West CTR-IN, Food and Dairy Innovation Center, Boise State Chapter of Sigma Xi, Southwest Bridges to Baccalaureate, and Musculoskeletal Research Institute (MRI).

Major Functions of the IPO

• Accounting • Networking Opportunities
• Grant Management • Core Facility Administration
• Assessment • Student Research Opportunities
• Evaluation • Hiring
• Reporting • Purchasing
• Grant Proposal Preparation• Training
• Professional Development• Budget Preparation
• Travel Arrangements• Manuscript Preparation
• iLab Software Support• Core Facility Rate Development

What is the “IDeA Program?”

The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program was established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1993 to support states that have historically received low levels of NIH funding. IDeA programs enhance infrastructure, build research capacity, and improve proposal competitiveness of investigators in 23 states plus Puerto Rico. Idaho is considered an IDeA state and is therefore eligible to compete for secured funding reserved for improvement of research and resources in states with historically low levels of NIH funding.

Contact Information

Email: or
Phone: 208-426-2238
Physical Address: Math Building Room 225, 2000 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725
Mailing Address: Boise State University, IDeA Programs Office, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725-1511