Idaho’s three public universities will share a $20 million grant to study the way society and landscape interact.
Funding comes from the National Science Foundation. Besides Boise State University, University of Idaho and Idaho State University, some other Idaho four year and two year institutions will participate in the grant. Money will pay for 11 new faculty at the three public universities. It will also pay for students research projects and interns.
Research will look at growth in three Idaho regions near sagebrush, forest and agriculture: The Treasure Valley, Coeur d’Alene-Post Falls and Pocatello-Idaho Falls.
Researchers will assess how people perceive the benefits of cities and landscapes.
“This grant addresses several areas of priority for Boise State University, including research relevant to our community and state and the recruitment of students into the critical science, technology, engineering and math fields,” said Mark Rudin, Boise State vice president for research and economic development.