INBRE (IDeA Network for Biomedical Excellence) is a National Institute of Health statewide grant that has the express purpose of increasing Idaho’s competitiveness for biomedical research funding and improving biomedical education in the state.  The Idaho participating institutions all have distinct roles in the program:

Research Intensive Network Members:  University of Idaho, Idaho State University

Research Partner Network Members:  Boise State University, Boise VA Medical Center, The College of Idaho, Northwest Nazerene University

Outreach Partner Network Members:  Lewis-Clark State College, Brigham Young University – Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Northern Idaho College.

 The INBRE program was preceded in Idaho by the BRIN (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network) grant.  Between the BRIN and INBRE programs, Idaho’s statewide network has received funding from the NIH since 2001 amounting to over $40 million dollars.  In June 2014, Idaho received notice of renewal for the INBRE program for another five years.


INBRE at Lewis-Clark State College


The INBRE program at Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) has been a key contributor to the dynamic growth of the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics and its biomedical programs.  As an outreach partner in the Idaho INBRE network, funding at LCSC has supporting three main objectives:

  1. Providing students the opportunity for rich, biomedically relevant research experiences.  These experiences take on many forms, including research during the academic year, summer support with a faculty mentor at LCSC, participation in the INBRE Fellows program or INBRE internship program.
  2. Developing and delivering novel biomedical curriculum to undergraduates.
  3. Growing the laboratory infrastructure and equipment to support both student research experiences and modern curriculum delivery.

LCSC has been a network member since 2001.  During this time, the INBRE program has brought over two million dollars in direct funding to the campus.  This funding has also enhanced LCSC’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified faculty in biology and chemistry programs.  The current funding cycle (2014-2019) will bring over $675,000 in direct funding to the College.