Grants

The College of Idaho has received a $2.45 million grant spread over five years for biomedical research.

The school in southwest Idaho in a statement Monday says that about a third of the money will be used to investigate the medical properties of sagebrush.

A similar amount will be used to research small molecule inhibitors that could be used to fight pathogenic microorganisms.

The school says the rest of the money will be used for other research projects.

The money comes from the National Institutes of Health's IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

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Idaho’s Department of Education has announced 11 schools will share $3 million for technology pilot projects.

Eighty-one schools applied for the grants. The requests totaled nearly $20 million.

Here are the schools that get the money and what they plan to do with it.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million to Idaho researchers to study the connections between society and landscapes.

The research work is aimed at helping Idahoans better understand ecosystems in the state, and to help residents better understand the relationship between people and the environment. The five year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation is the seventh in a row to Idaho EPSCor, a statewide program targeting competitive research.

The Northwest's public universities pull in massive amounts of federal research dollars. It totaled $1 billion last year at the University of Washington. Oregon State University won close to $200 million in federal research funds. The University of Idaho is counting on $100 million this year. So it's no surprise that university administrators are hanging on every scrap of news about imminent automatic federal budget cuts.

Fourteen Idaho school districts say they’ll compete for federal Race to the Top money. Nearly 900 districts around the country have submitted intent to apply paperwork. They all want a slice of the $400 million available from the new Race to the Top-District competition.

In Idaho the Bonneville District wants the biggest share. It will apply for two grants worth between $20 million and $30 million.

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More than 100 Idaho schools have been selected to receive a federal grant to give kids more fresh fruits and vegetables. The grants are meant to provide healthy snacks outside of the school lunch and breakfast program.

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Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed off on more than $5.5 million in grant awards to Idaho communities.

Otter followed the guidance of the Idaho Economic Advisory Council in his decisions, approving all 18 grant proposals that the council recommended for funding.

Twin Falls will receive $500,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant dollars to upgrade its water system.  Continue reading...

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Idaho’s Education Superintendent Tom Luna has spent the past two weeks visiting schools across the state to hand out grant money from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Luna has given out about two million dollars to help 15 districts and charter schools learn to use a new state program called Schoolnet. The online system allows teachers to share lesson plans and conduct student assessments.It’s already available to all Idaho teachers. The largest grant went to the state’s largest district. Meridian got 250 thousand dollars. Kuna, Melba, and New Plymouth also received grants.