The University of Idaho is proud of its 124-year history of leading significant research for the state and nation. Research to address the challenges of the future, however, requires cutting-edge facilities. The University’s current research facilities are at capacity and many laboratories are not adaptable to future needs. The Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) will expand the University’s research potential by accommodating the additional space, adaptable technologies, and multidisciplinary research teams necessary to keep pace with the rapid scientific advances of the 21st century and to solve the complex global challenges of today and tomorrow.
The University of Idaho is ranked among the top 100 public research universities in the country. For 124 years, our faculty have solved problems through discovery and innovation that has improved our society and expanded our economy. Though we are proud of our legacy, it is the future that excites us as we meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The IRIC will house the very best researchers and scientists, all working together in a unique interdisciplinary approach to address the important issues we face and produce innovations that will propel industry forward.
The IRIC will:
- House 52,000-square feet of additional state- of-the-art research space.
- Feature maximum flexibility with laboratories and equipment designed to adapt to changing needs of research over the next 25 to 50 years.
- Support researchers in all disciplines with 8 flexible laboratories, 2 dry lab clusters, 2 analytical instrumentation core spaces, 2 imaging computer core spaces, and conferencing space for researchers to work as one unit.
- Benefit and enhance all 10 University of Idaho colleges—no researcher or group of researchers will be permanently located in the IRIC.