As Idaho's only land-grant research university, the University of Idaho is dedicated to addressing the needs of the state, the region and the world through knowledge discovery, excellence in teaching and service. The university has more than 70 locations across the state. They include the central campus in Moscow, centers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls and Boise, and research stations and extension offices in 42 of our 44 counties. The faculty, staff, and students at these sites provide many services that benefit Idaho's citizens.
Knowledge discovery and other creative activities are important elements of a modern, public research university. Our university's research contributes to expanding the body of knowledge on which our society is built – while also benefiting the quality of life for Idaho citizens and people worldwide. Between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, members of the university community received and expended nearly $100 million on research, according to the National Science Foundation. The vast majority of the funds were competitively derived from sources external to the university. Most were spent within the state.
In addition to the public benefits of our research, members of our university community also benefit. Our research standing helps us attract the brightest and best faculty and students to the University of Idaho. Research provides our students opportunities to actively experience and explore a spectrum of topics. Additionally, research guarantees that our professors help discover and benefit from the latest advances in their fields.
Many of the key research questions today require faculty to work across disciplines and for universities to partner with similar institutions to solve some of society's most pressing problems. For example, the University of Idaho is working with other land- grant institutions in the Northwest to ensure an adequate supply of clean water to meet community needs in this vast region. These efforts involve scientists, engineers, social scientists, legal experts, business professionals, landscape planners, ecologists and agriculturalists working at multiple universities to meet this pressing problem.