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 (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program to develop and manage strategic projects funded by competitive NSF EPSCoR awards to the state.


2017 NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 RFP available

May 24 2017

NSF has published the EPSCoR RII Track-1 RFP for 2017. Montana NSF…

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"E" in EPSCoR changed from experimental to established

May 9 2017

The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) (…

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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:

  • 100+ 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

  • Track 2: 2016-2020

    PI: Paul Stoy (MSU)
    Montana State University partnership with University of Wyoming and University of South Dakota for research on biofuel, carbon capture technologies for Upper Missouri River Basin.
  • Track 2: 2016-2020

    PI: Peter Tse (Dartmouth)
    Montana State University is a partner in neuroscience research on attention with New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Nevada.
  • Track 1: 2011-2017

    PI: Ray Callaway (UM)
    Montana research on ecosystems from microbes to landscapes, including creation of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE)