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Research and sponsored project awards break record in 2022

Boise State continues to shatter records for research projects – expanding the national and international profile of the university and positively impacting Idaho’s economy.

In fiscal year 2022, 422 Boise State sponsored project awards totaled a record-breaking $68 million. Compared to 2021, that is an increase of $2.7 million, and a new record for Idaho’s fastest-growing university. Additionally, research and sponsored project expenditures rose by nearly $5.6 million from 2021 to $61.3 million total.

These dollars represent Boise State’s commitment to improving student success, empowering Idaho’s rural communities and advancing the state and region through research and sponsored projects.

“Research and sponsored projects are critical components of Boise State’s Blueprint for Success, for our state, and for the nation,” said Boise State University President, Dr. Marlene Tromp. “By investing in research, we tackle real challenges our state and nation face and prepare the next generation of educators, nurses, scientists, artists and policy-makers. Our commitment to research yields incredible results for knowledge production, for our students, and for everyone who can benefit from advances in healthcare, science, technology, business and human wellbeing in myriad ways.”

Highlights of Boise State’s research and creative activity projects funded in 2022 include:

  • Developing digital humanities Open Educational Resources for rural and urban teachers
  • Creating the first-ever genome for sagebrush
  • Researching new technology to empower Idaho food processors
  • Indigenous-led ecological restoration
  • Advancing room-temperature quantum research applications
  • Developing a workforce pipeline for Idaho’s cybersecurity needs

“We are committed to providing high quality research and creative activity opportunities to our students. It is exciting to see students extend their classroom learning to the lab, field, their jobs and their lives,” said Vice President of Research and Economic Development, Nancy Glenn. “I am so very grateful for all the faculty, staff, students, and administrators who accomplished the research and creative activity efforts this year – it truly takes a team.”

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