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Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Dr. Howard Grimes, Ph.D. Biography

Dr. Grimes currently serves as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Idaho State University where he leads initiatives in biomedical research, renewable energy research, nano-material development for innovative sensor design, and environmental, geoscience, and geospatial data networks. Southeastern ID is an ideal location for expanding commercial efforts in renewable energy (esp. wind and geothermal).

As the former V.P. for Research & Dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University, he led the largest growth in grant funding in WSU history (85%, since FY08). Other achievements include: Expanded graduate student enrollment & interdisciplinary programs at WSU; Integrated research & grad. school programs, resulting in new NSF & NIH funded multidisciplinary Ph.D. training grants; Created new international education & research opportunities through university exchange programs established with China & others; Served on Gov. Gregoires 2010 China trade delegation; Achieved international recognition for WSU, a leader in basic & transitional plant science research (ranked #2/#8); Acquired unique infrastructure to facilitate studies spanning the array of the -omics; genomics, proteomics, metabolomics & phenomics; and forged a network of government, universities, the DOD, national labs & the private sector to advance research to the private sector.

His scholarly background includes continual funding over the span of his research career from NSF, DOE, and the USDA; this federal funding was further augmented with collaborations with several companies including DuPont and Monsanto. In recent years, his scholarship has transitioned to examining how intellectual property can be more effectively managed in the developed world to facilitate technology innovations in the developing world and he was contributed OpEd pieces on this and other important science and policy issues.

To facilitate innovative research, Grimes has led the development of collaborative teams able to provide solutions for major problems facing our planet and its inhabitants. Dr. Grimes is an elected Fellow of the AAAS. He has published extensively on areas ranging from molecular biosciences to developing new paradigms for facilitating plant biotechnology development in the developing world. His leadership approach relies on extensive engagement and collaboration. While decisive, Dr. Grimes is deliberate and seeks input from many sources. He is a consummate communicator and an engaging public speaker and has introduced several new vehicles for communicating the impact of the university in the 21st century (e.g. the Innovators series while at WSU). Having worked extensively with state and federal legislators, private and corporate donors, and private and government sector leadership, Dr. Grimes articulates the value of higher education and the universities role in knowledge creation in a compelling manner.
Contacting Dr. Grimes:

(208) 282-3714

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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209