Apply for 2022 GEM3 VIP Funding Now!


Idaho NSF EPSCoR GEM3 funding is available annually to facilitate the development of VIP (Vertically Integrated Project) courses related to the GEM3 research areas.

The VIP program unites undergraduate education and faculty scholarship in a team-based context. Within this context, VIP teams earn academic credit for their participation in design/discovery efforts that assist faculty and graduate students with research and development issues in GEM3 areas of interest and expertise. VIP teams are: (I) vertically-integrated – maintaining a mix of freshman through postdoctoral fellows each semester; (II) long-term – each student may participate for the duration of their education; and (III) multidisciplinary – drawing students from all disciplines on campus. Providing course credit to faculty and students incentivizes participation, while aligning stakeholders from freshman-to-faculty-to-funding agencies makes the program sustainable at the faculty level.

The VIP courses will be set up to allow maximum flexibility and long-term engagement.

  • Some VIP courses may be designed to have no prerequisites.
  • Students must have permission from the instructor.
  • Depending upon the course, undergraduate students may register for 1 or 2 credits; each credit equals about 40 hours of work for the semester.
  • Graduate students may register for credits.
  • Course credits typically count as elective credits.

Visit the national consortium for VIP for more information Visit for more information about VIP in GEM3. Visit to learn more about GEM3 research areas.

Priority Deadline: December 15, 2021
Final Deadline: January 21, 2022

Please see solicitation and website for more information.  

If you have additional questions, please contact: 

Donna Llewellyn (BSU) -
Rick Schumaker (EPSCoR) -
Tami Noble (EPSCoR) -