Idaho INBRE : IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference

Welcome faculty, staff, and students!

Registration for the Western Region IDeA Conference is now open.

Conference Dates: Monday evening, October 12 - Wednesday, October 14
Conference Location: The Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Grant Writing Workshop: On Monday, before the conference, we will be hosting an all-day grant writing workshop to be presented by Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC
Conference and Writing Workshop fees:
• Students - $200, including conference and writing workshop
• Post-docs/staff/other - $250, including conference and writing workshop
• Faculty NOT attending writing workshop - $250
• Faculty attending conference AND writing workshop - $300
• Faculty/Post-docs/staff/students attending writing workshop but NOT conference - $50 - Do NOT register for the conference - go directly to step #2 below to pay your workshop registration fees.
• Late registration fee - $300 for all attendees who register after August 31, 2015.
Three steps to a complete conference registration:

3. Reserve a hotel room. There are two options for booking a hotel room. The best choice depends on how long you would like to stay at the resort.
- If you are booking rooms for Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th ONLY, you may book online at The Coeur d'Alene. Use this link to receive the correct rate.*
- If you are planning to arrive on Sunday, October 11th and/or to stay through Wednesday night, October 14th, you must call (855) 999-7998 and be sure to mention the NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference, group code WIDEA.
*The link provided above will only be helpful if you are booking lodging for the nights of October 12 and 13. If you try to book more than those two nights, the system will tell you that there is no availability.

Room rates for the conference are:
  • - $139 for the lake tower
  • - $109 for the park tower
  • - $99 for the north wing

Poster Information:
Conference organizers invite poster abstract submissions from undergraduate and graduate students. All abstracts will be reviewed and accepted for presentation based on scientific quality and space availability. Complete poster guidelines and evaluation criteria can be found here.
  • - Deadline for abstract submission: Friday, August 14, 2015. 
  • - Please submit abstracts to Whitney Floch at using the abstract submission form

Conference Website:

Question: What airport do I use to get to Coeur d'Alene, ID?
Answer: You will use Spokane International Airport (GEG) which is located in Spokane, Washington. The drive from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene is about 30 minutes.  The conference organizers are looking into options for shuttle transportation from the airport to the venue to limit costs for attendees.
Question: I am bringing a guest to one or more of the meals during the conference. How do I pay for their meals?
Answer: We are offering a Meal Pass for guests. The cost of the Meal Pass is $90 and includes 5 meals, two breakfasts (10/13 and 10/14), two lunches (10/13 and 10/14), and the Conference banquet on Tuesday evening (10/13). To purchase a Meal Pass, click here. You will be asked to enter the name of the guest and your credit card information. This guest will receive a name badge for the conference which will allow them access to the meals.
Question: I am unable to attend the conference but I already paid registration fees. How do I get a refund?
Answer: We will refund 100% of your registration fees through August 31, 2015.  If an emergency or illness occurs on or after September 1, please contact Whitney Floch to discuss refund options.
Question: I am paying registration fees for more than one person. How is this documented in the payment system?
Answer: On the last payment page (after you have entered in credit card information), please use the text box at the top to enter in the LAST NAMES ONLY of the people you are paying registration fees for.  If the character limit doesn’t allow you to write all the names, please email Whitney Floch so she can document the rest of the attendee information.
Question: I’m trying book rooms with the “WIDEA” promo code and the Coeur d’Alene Resort webpage is telling me “There are no rooms available on the days you selected”.  What do I do?
Answer: Please access the group room block by clicking here. Please remember: The link provided above will only be helpful if you are booking lodging for the nights of October 12 and 13. If you try to book more than those two nights, the system will tell you that there is no availability. If you are interested in arriving a day early and/or staying a day later, please call the hotel at the number provided above to make your reservation.


For ANY other questions or concerns contact Whitney Floch (; 208-885-2097) or Linda Liou (; 208-885-5373).