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Montana NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

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About Montana NSF EPSCoR

Montana NSF EPSCoR is a Montana University System program focused on stimulating sustainable improvements in Montana's R&D capacity and competitiveness in science and engineering research. We partner with the National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program to develop and manage strategic projects funded by competitive NSF EPSCoR awards to the state.

Our current RII Track-1 project (2018-2023) is the Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS).

News

Montana Awarded $20M 5-Year RII Track-1

Sep 17 2018
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Request for Pre-proposals - Montana Water Center Faculty Seed Grants

Oct 4 2018
The Montana Water Center invites pre-proposals for the annual Montana Water Center Faculty Seed Grants.
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RII Track-2 announcement

Aug 30 2018
NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 FEC PROGRAM SOLICITATION  NSF 18-589 https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18589/nsf18589.htm
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Who Lives in Education Deserts?

Jul 19 2018

Interesting article on education deserts, highlighting the importance of higher education for rural America.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: …

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New York Times on Restoration of Silver Bow Creek

Jul 16 2018

Let the Stream Run Through It (Jim Robbins, New York Times)

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What we do

We develop and manage NSF ESPCoR Research Improvement Investment (RII) Awards to Montana to promote development of science and technology capacity across the Montana University System. With RII support we have:

  • 125 faculty hired in strategic areas
  • 300+ graduate students supported on projects
  • 1K+ undergraduate students supported on projects
  • 100+ Native American Students supported on projects

Featured Projects

  • RII Track-1: 2018-2023

    PI: Ragan Callaway (UM)
    The Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS) is a five-year, $20M NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 partnership between the University of Montana, Montana State University, Montana Technological University, Salish Kootenai College, Little Bighorn College, and business and government partners to study Montana’s environmental water systems and specific water quality issues.
  • RII Track-1: 2011-2018

    PI: Ray Callaway (UM)
    Montana research on ecosystems from microbes to landscapes, including creation of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE)
  • RII Track-2 FEC: 2017-2021

    PI: Zac Cheviron (UM)
    UM partnership with University of Nebraska Lincoln focused on understanding how organisms function in complex environments and how they acclimate and adapt to environmental challenges.