Innovation. Investment. Idaho.

Apply for an IGEM grant today and turn your business dreams into reality.

Where Opportunity Meets Expertise.

Nurturing and evolving an idea takes a lot of passion, funding, and research, which IGEM can help you gain.

The IGEM – Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission – grant program funds commercialization research, where university researchers and business experts partner together to bring viable technologies to market.

The IGEM program is a powerful force in the growth of Idaho’s economy. Through its support of commercialization partnerships, IGEM invests in the development of new businesses and supports Idaho’s research facilities, creating new products, companies, and high-value jobs while increasing the research capacity of Idaho’s universities.

Interested In Applying For An IGEM Grant?

    Meet our University Research Partners

    Idaho has three public research universities, where IGEM can fund commercialization research initiatives. Read more about them below.

  • Boise State University

    Boise State University

    Boise State University is Idaho’s metropolitan research university, located in Idaho’s capital city. BSU offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees. Read more about BSU’s research capabilities here:

  • Idaho State University

    Idaho State University

    Idaho State University is located in Pocatello. ISU offers over 285 graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates and is the state’s designated lead institution in health and medical education. Read more about ISU’s research capabilities here:

  • University
    of Idaho

    University <br> of Idaho

    The University of Idaho is located in Moscow. UI offers 130 Bachelor, 88 Master, and 32 Doctoral degrees. UI is Idaho’s flagship research university with special designation in agriculture, engineering, and natural resources. Read more about UI’s research capabilities here:

    Recently Funded Projects

    IGEM grants fund a wide variety of projects and help to propel Idaho-based technologies toward commercialization. Learn more about some of our most recent projects below.

  • BioCement™


    BioCement™ Technologies Inc. was started with IGEM funding. Using Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP), this product can be used to mitigate seismic induced liquefaction and control soil erosion, in addition to other environmental applications.

  • Gen Z

    Gen Z <br> Technology

    Gen Z Technology received IGEM funding to research the effectiveness of a new pesticide- spraying technology. Testing found the new application system to be more effective when applying pesticide, while decreasing the amount of residual pesticide in the environment.

  • N-E-W Tech™
    Water Treatment

    N-E-W Tech™ <br> Water Treatment

    With IGEM funding, the N-E-W Tech™ Water Treatment project researched reactive water filtration treatment technology. The resulting system treats unclean water for unrestricted reuse and recycling and addresses treatment concerns from agricultural, municipal, and industrial wastewater sources.

IGEM is Innovating and Investing in Idaho

The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant program initiative was sponsored by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter during the 2012 Idaho legislative session. It was created to assist in advancing the growth of Idaho’s economy through commercialized research at Idaho’s three public research universities: Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho.

The IGEM program is focused on commercializing new technologies, scientific developments, and industry-changing services through facilitating sponsored research and accelerating technology transfer out of Idaho university research facilities and into the private sector. This unique and dynamic partnership nurtures new ideas, products, and companies that will lead to higher-paying jobs and a stronger economic foundation in the state. The Idaho Department of Commerce disperses $950,000 in funds directly to Idaho’s public research universities for projects approved by the IGEM Council.

During its initial years of operation, IGEM has yielded successful research projects that continue to position Idaho’s industry in new and profitable markets and encourage innovation throughout the state.

The IGEM program is a win-win for Idaho’s economy.

Have More Questions?

We invite you to contact Carmen Achabal, IGEM Program Manager. She is able to assist if you are:

  • Seeking information about the IGEM program and Idaho Innovation ecosystem
  • A business interested in commercializing your product with university research assistance
  • A university researcher seeking information on IGEM funding
  • A university looking to partner with a business

Proud Sponsors

IGEM is proud to sponsor events and organizations that advance technology, innovation and commercialization initiatives in Idaho.