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 — the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) can help.

The IGEM-Commerce grant program funds research initiatives, where university investigators and private sector business experts partner together to bring viable technologies to market. 

IGEM commercialization grants are a powerful economic resource. Through its support of commercialization partnerships, IGEM makes an investment in developing new business ventures, creating new products and high-value jobs, while supporting the research capacity of Idaho’s universities.

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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 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 is located in Pocatello. ISU offers over 250 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.


The University of Idaho is located in Moscow. UI offers more than 300 degrees. UI is Idaho’s flagship research university with a 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.


Hempitecture partnered with the University of Idaho, which was awarded an IGEM-Commerce grant for $206,624 to conduct research on the development of their natural fiber insulation, HempWool. The team will conduct tests on its ability to insulate, its fire resistancy and its thermal conductivity. Read more…


Pitch Aeronautics, an Idaho-based company founded in 2016 by Ian Gibson and Dr. Zach Adams, builds ultra-precise drones capable of performing up-close and touch-based tasks and inspections on industrial and commercial infrastructure. The company partnered with Boise State University which received an IGEM-Commerce Grant for $248,034 for drone development. Read more…


In 2019, Washie partnered with Idaho State University (ISU) to conduct testing on the functionality and efficacy of Washie’s patented sanitizing toilet seat. Since receiving the grant, interest in the company has skyrocketed. Washie has already started installing its products in hospitals and other buildings throughout Boise and Southeast Idaho, and the toilet is quickly gaining traction across the nation. Read more…

IGEM is Innovating and Investing in Idaho

The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant program initiative was sponsored by former 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.

IGEM has yielded successful research projects that continue to position Idaho’s industry in new and profitable markets and encourage innovation throughout the state

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

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