The WEST project is led by the University of Illinois at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Illinois was founded in 1868 with a focus on research and teaching in agriculture. Since then, the university has continued to be a pioneer in agricultural research, holding the second oldest-running corn experiment in the world. Established in 2007, the IGB is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to transformative research and technology in the life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges—including feeding a growing global population.
Cornell University is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, Cornell is committed to making contributions in all fields of knowledge to help improve the quality of life in New York as well as the nation and world. This idea is captured in the school's motto, a popular 1865 quotation from the founder, Ezra Cornell: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study." However, Cornell is also recognized as a premier institution for agricultural research.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. UNL is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the “Research Universities (very high research activity)” category. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University of Nebraska was founded on February 15, 1869.
For 168 years, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, the university's students and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems.