Five IGEM Grants Awarded to University of Idaho Projects.

The Idaho Department of Commerce IGEM (Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission) Council announced the awarding of IGEM grants to the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Boise State University.

These grants are intended to support and grow the interactions between Idaho’s public universities and businesses and industries. Five awards were made to the following University of Idaho projects:

Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation “Bio-Concrete,” to determine the commercial viability of using an emerging green technology dubbed “bio-cement” to strengthen soils around existing structures. Business partners are Avista and URS. $114,864

Commercializing Aquatic Animal Health Products, aimed at reducing fish loss in aquaculture facilities through vaccine and feed additives. Business partner is Aquatic Life Sciences, Inc. $124,021

Pesticide Application Technology, to develop new spraying system to increase efficiency of pesticide applications. Business partner is GenZ Technology. $46,146

High Speed Digital Package Measurement and Modeling for Next Generation Memory Modules, to enable rapid development of high speed memory products and packages. Business partner is Micron Technology, Inc. $150,000

Determine Viability of Automated Quantitative Detection of E. coli 0157:H7 at a Beef Processing Facility, to rapidly screen for bacteria and use unique software to recognize and confirm bacterial colony growth. Business partners are Agri Beef and IntelliScience Corp. $78,076

The Idaho Department of Commerce IGEM grant program provides funding to Idaho’s universities to advance promising technologies toward commercial application with an industry collaborator. The technology can originate in the university or from the industry collaborator. Only BSU, ISU and UI are eligible applicants. It is expected that the industry collaborator will provide financial or in-kind support to the proposed project. The legislature appropriates $1 million for this program, about $950,000 of which is available to fund the grants. There is no per project funding ceiling, except for the annual $950,000 allocation. The IGEM Council will fund projects with an identifiable market and that has the potential to significantly benefit Idaho. If you have a grant idea and industry collaborator, please work with the university’s Office of Technology Transfer to be approved to submit a proposal to this program. More information about the Commerce IGEM program and the proposal submission process is available at this website:

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