GEM3 Virtual Annual Meeting Dec 7-9

Post date: Dec 03, 2021


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This virtual annual meeting provides an important opportunity for the statewide team of GEM3 participants and collaborators to share and discuss progress and plans for Idaho’s NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 award. Presentations by invited speakers and the virtual + live poster sessions are highlight of the event. The GEM3 Project Advisory Board will also be reviewing our progress and offering feedback and advice for continued success.

Researchers conducting survey on management of Idaho public lands, sagebrush landscapes, and rangelands

Post date: Nov 04, 2021


With support from the GEM3 project, Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission have partnered to conduct a statewide study of Idaho residents to measure opinions on public lands, sagebrush landscapes, and rangelands and how they should be managed in the state. The results from this survey will be used to inform education and management of public lands in Idaho. Your opinions are valuable on this topic, regardless of your level of experience with these landscapes.

Responsive Management has been contracted to conduct the statewide study of Idaho residents. If you are contacted about this study, either via phone or online, please consider participating in the study to assist us in better understanding opinions on and attitudes toward public lands. You may receive a phone call at home or on your cell phone for this study, and it will be from a Boise area phone number.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Haley Netherton-Morrison, Human-Environment Systems graduate student, at or Dr. Kelly Hopping, Assistant Professor, Human-Environment Systems, at

Submit Proposals Now for GEM3 UI Genomics Data Grants

Post date: Nov 17, 2021

GEM3 UI Genomics Data Grants

This funding opportunity is part of the NSF EPSCoR project "Genes by Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, and Mapping (GEM3)."  GEM3 is focused on understanding adaptive capacity to environmental change, with a focus on aquatic and terrestrial systems across Idaho.  More information on the goals and scope of GEM3 is available here.

Proposals are invited for GEM3 support to fund the generation of genomics or other nucleotide sequencing-based data.   Projects should contribute to the overall goals of GEM3 and broadly address questions related to adaptive capacity of populations or species in Idaho, although they do not have to target the GEM3 focal taxa, redband trout or big sagebrush.

This grant is available only within the University of Idaho.  The PI must be clinical, research, or tenure-track faculty at UI, although graduate students or postdocs may be listed as co-PI, and collaboration with other GEM3 institutions is welcome.  We encourage applications from UI faculty who have not previously been associated with GEM3.

Funding Available
We plan to fund up to 2 awards with a maximum of $8,000 per award.  Allowable costs include fieldwork for sample collection, reagents and supplies for molecular biology labwork, core facility charges, shipping and sequencing costs, and bioinformatics expenses.  Not allowed are costs for large equipment, student tuition/stipend, or salary for postdocs, technicians, or faculty.            

Proposal Format
The proposal should include a title and name(s) of personnel, a 1-page project description and a brief 1-page budget (direct costs only) with budget  justification.  The project description should address: (i) background on the system and scientific question addressed; (ii) relevance to the GEM3 program; (iii) description of the data to be gathered, including justification for experimental design; (iv) prospects for this dataset to provide preliminary data for future grant proposals and/or lead to future collaborations, particularly with the GEM3 program.

Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf file **by 5:00pm Pacific on Jan. 7, 2022** using this submission link only.  Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2022.  All funds awarded must be spent before Sep. 30, 2022.

Contact Paul Hohenlohe ( 


Apply for 2022 GEM3 VIP Funding Now!

Post date: Nov 01, 2021


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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) -

Reminder: How & When to Cite EPSCoR

Post date: Mar 02, 2021


Friendly Reminder

CITING EPSCoR: If your work benefited from the use of EPSCoR equipment or an EPSCoR sponsored student worked in your lab or you received money from EPSCoR that contributed to your research or career, cite EPSCoR on all publications, presentations, press releases, requests for proposals, bid invitations, or any other documents or applications that describe projects or programs that were supported by EPSCoR. Example: "This publication was made possible by the NSF Idaho EPSCoR Program and by the National Science Foundation under award number OIA-1757324."