The University of Idaho is a leading national research university that attracts outstanding faculty and students who are passionate about their work. Scholarly and creative activity aspires to generate knowledge that strengthens the scientific, economic, cultural, social, and legal foundations of an open, diverse, and democratic society. Our goal is to achieve excellence in scholarship and creative activity through an institutional culture that values and promotes strong academic areas and interdisciplinary collaboration among them.
Our research areas of emphasis associated with these grants and contracts include:
- Biomedical and molecular biology research
- Agricultural and natural resources plant, animal and fisheries research
- Environmental and ecological research
- Energy and water resources research
- Bioremediation and subsurface science research
- Nanotechnology and material sciences research
- Educational program design and assessment research
Highlights of active research projects in the Southern Idaho
Center for Ecohydraulics Research (CER)
The CER represents an interdisciplinary approach to river restoration and management in the Pacific Northwest. Opportunities exist for graduate students pursuing degrees in civil engineering, fish and wildlife resources, and geography. The ecohydraulics laboratory also offers a range of residential short courses for practicing engineers, scientists, and planners involved in ecological restoration and natural resource management.
Red River Project
The Red River Project is designed to restore the Lower Red River Meadow, located in Central Idaho, by using a holistic watershed approach to a naturally functioning wet meadow ecosystem. The project purpose is to increase the quality and quantity of fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and promote watershed and river restoration education.
Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI)
IWRRI conducts and directs water research for the state of Idaho and the region. Scientists from Idaho universities, as well as researchers from a variety of local, state and federal agencies and industry partners, work together for a greater understanding of our natural surroundings and develop sensible solutions toward solving water and environmental problems.
Technical Assistance for Rural Groundwater Development in Idaho
The Technical Assistance for Rural Groundwater Development in Idaho project is a cooperative effort between the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI), the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS), and the University of Idaho.
Energy and Efficiency Research Group
EERG focuses on increasing the use of energy from renewable sources, and more efficient use of nonrenewable sources. Research partners from state and federal agencies, as well as private business, work with the EERG on projects such as the catalytic ignition in internal combustion engines and energy from agricultural residue projects.