IIDS facilitates the generation, analysis, and management of big data across the University of Idaho. Agriculture, natural resource management, engineering, business, the core scientific disciplines, education, and the humanities all rely on the transformation of raw data into actionable knowledge. We encourage and foster interdisciplinary collaborations that blend the expertise of scientists across these areas. This constitutes an important competitive edge to investigators because we can address research questions that are intractable to scientists from a single discipline.

IIDS offers a variety of grant opportunities to aid faculty researchers in the number and success of grant applications they submit and to increase intellectual interactions and collaborations.

Travel and Collaborative Grant Program

The funds from Travel and Collaboration Grants (up to $2,000 each) can be used by faculty investigators to explore new collaborative research opportunities, to accelerate the productivity of an existing collaboration, or facilitate the preparation of research grant proposals. These funds can be used so that a researcher can travel to other institutions or so that leading scientists may be brought to the University of Idaho.

Grant Opportunities Outside of IIDS

NSF Funding Opportunities

NIH Funding Opportunities


Directions for using SciENcv for creating NSF and NIH Biosketches can be found here.


Pivot is a searchable database containing government, corporate and foundation funding opportunities. Faculty can also identify other researchers worldwide to collaborate on projects through the program’s Faculty Profile component. Keyword searches can be saved and the system will automatically notify you of new opportunities that meet your criteria so there is very little time commitment required after the initial session. Personalized training is available and takes about 30-45 minutes.

Search the Pivot database

Pivot Quick Start Guide

Corporate and Foundation Relations Online Database, University of Idaho

The Foundation Directory Online database is a searchable database of private foundations that locates funding opportunities through keyword searches. Personalized training takes 10-15 minutes (in this databse there is no automatic notification system for future opportunities).

For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Debbie Hornbuckle at or (208) 885-0533.

The Office of Research and Faculty Development, University of Idaho ORED

The Research and Faculty Development (RFD) team provides the University of Idaho faculty with resources and services to enhance the competitiveness of proposals across all disciplines. RFD services fall into one of three broad categories: proposal development, research development and faculty development.

For more information visit the RFD site or contact Carly Cummings.