The Idaho INBRE Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH),National Institute of General Medical SciencesInstitutional Development Award (IDeA). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Development Award (IDeA) was established in 1993 to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical and behavioral research.  The program fosters health-related research and enhances the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states in which the aggregate success rate for applications to NIH has historically been low.  The program also serves unique populations—such as rural and medically underserved communities—in these states.

The NIH is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  It consists of 28 institutes and centers. The NIH is ‘the nation’s medical research agency’.  For more information on the NIH and its mission, please visit their website at

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) “supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.”  NIGMS’ IDeA Program ‘broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical research’.  For more information on NIGMS and the IDeA Program, please visit their websites at and

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