Thursday, May 7, 2015

University of Idaho faculty members in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) have been awarded $500,424 this year in new competitive grants as part of the National Science Foundation’s BEACON Science and Technology Center on Evolution in Action.

These funds will support 10 projects involving 11 UI faculty members, 10 graduate students, four undergraduates and two postdoctoral researchers. UI has now been awarded approximately $3.3 million through BEACON in the past six years. BEACON, a five-institution consortium, is one of only 13 NSF Science and Technology Centers and has been awarded a total of $50 million for 10 years.

James A. Foster, professor of biological sciences and director of the BEACON project at UI, said the UI projects’ competitive success speaks highly of the university’s reputation for scholarly excellence.

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