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Office for Research

The Office for Research at Idaho State University fosters and maintains mutually beneficial relationships with federal, state and corporate sponsors.  We provide high quality and timely service to our faculty and staff while maintaining balance between the interests of ISU, the State of Idaho, and the interests of industry for the public good.

Our scope encompasses several functional areas that handle different parts of the research process. We provide guidance, service and support for a variety of research areas including- energy and environmental applications, healthcare, biomedical, geosciences, data assurance.  We also provide access to research facilities through our Research Centers and Institutes.

Research Support

Research Funding - the Sponsored Programs and Support team assists faculty and staff as they develop proposals for external funding for sponsored research, scholarly and community service projects and post-award assistance.

Research Outreach and Compliance - We are Animal Use and IACUC, Human Subjects and IRB; Biosafety, Responsible Conduct of Research; Financial Conflict of Interest in Sponsored Projects; Export Control - from vendor clearance to travel "out of country".  We also coordinate STEM Diversity and Outreach, the CITI training program, the use of controlled substances in research and Undergraduate Research.  The review for use of Unmanned Aircraft System for research projects procedure is handled here.  The Research Outreach and Compliance team is available for assistance.

Innovation - ISU's talented researchers and students push the boundaries of innovation independently and collaboratively.  To promote scientific developments and intellectual property, contact the Director of Research Contracts at 208-282-3478.


One Minute With a Researcher

The Office for Research is proud to present our YouTube series  "One Minute with a Researcher" where researchers across campus provide insight into their areas of study.


Research in the News:

ISU professors identify some of last remaining populations of native cutthroat trout in Portneuf River

OCATELLO ­– For the last 20 years, Idaho State University fish ecologists Ernest Keeley and Janet Loxterman in the Department of Biological Sciences have studied Cutthroat Trout populations in waters from Alaska to New Mexico.  Among their other research endeavors, they have identified some of the last remaining native, genetically pure populations of Cutthroat Trout in the areas around Pocatello, including distinct subspecies variations, in some unlikely places.

“I think it is important to try to maintain those unique populations that have been here for thousands and thousands of years and are part of Idaho’s heritage,” Keeley said. “We want to make sure we protect some of that original biodiversity.”

Recently, Keeley found a genetically pure population of cutthroat trout right under his nose, in a tributary of the Portneuf River that dumps into that stream within the city limits of one of the largest cities in Idaho, Pocatello. That tributary, City Creek, also features one of the most popular trails in the area and where it dumps into the Portneuf, the river is severely degraded.

“One really interesting thing we discovered about a year ago is that there are still cutthroat trout in City Creek,” Keeley said. “It’s a tiny little stream and a lot of small streams like it, such as Johnny Creek (also in Pocatello) have lost their fish populations.”

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Three minutes, one slide:  Bengals to participate in state research challenge

POCATELLO – Imagine spending years researching and writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, then having just three minutes to explain the content.

That’s the task facing five Idaho State University graduate students who’ll compete in the state’s first Three-Minute Thesis/Three-Minute Masters Competition, Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., in Boise. The free event is from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and open to the public.

The contest is an opportunity for students to step outside the laboratory and showcase their   academic, research and communication skills in front of a panel of judges and lay audience. They’re allowed to use one slide as a visual.

“The competition is an opportunity for me to identify the key concepts of my project and think of ways to explain them to a broad audience,” said Jessica Whitaker-Fornek of Pocatello. She’s completing a doctorate in biological sciences and her dissertation is titled “A Peek Inside the Eggshell: How a Baby Bird's Nervous System Develops to Control Breathing.”

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Idaho State University Undergraduate Research Symposium

Join the Office for Resarch Outreach and Compliance on Friday, March 29, 2019, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  as they showcase undergraduate scholarly and creative works.  The symposium provides undergraduates with a forum to display posters summarizing their research projects.

For information on how to participate or for additional details, email Julie Bachman at .