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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.


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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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MSU's Cathy Whitlock selected to National Academy of Sciences

May 2 2018

Cathy L. Whitlock, professor of earth sciences, Montana State University, and fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems is the first Montana University System…

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Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) Statewide Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Program

Jan 30 2018
Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018 Online application here
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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: 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: Rajesh Sani (SDSMT) PI
    The NSF awarded a total of $6 million in August 2017 for a collaboration at MSU as well as the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of Oklahoma. The project’s abbreviated name is BuG ReMeDEE (pronounced “bug remedy”).
  • 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.