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Idaho researchers awarded $24 million to study future energy and water use

Researchers from Boise State University, University of Idaho, Idaho State University, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, and other Idaho organizations will receive $24 million for a new research project on the impacts of changes in climate, population, and technology on energy and water use in Idaho.

The funding comes through a $20 million five-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), with the state of Idaho contributing an additional $4 million.

Through the EPSCoR award, the researchers will identify strategies for energy and water use that will be resilient to future changes across Idaho’s communities, landscapes, and watersheds. The project will probe how social systems, such as government decision-making and local knowledge, inform how urban, rural, and tribal communities handle future energy and water use challenges. Idaho communities will have direct access to findings as they emerge throughout the project.

Read more about the NSF EPSCoR award on Boise State News.