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.


NSF EPSCoR RII Track-4 (Research Fellows) Opportunity

Jan 5 2018

RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the…

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NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 FEC Solicitation Released

Oct 20 2017

NSF EPSCoR released the 2018 solicitation for the RII Track-2 FEC. Letter of Intent: November 27,…

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Seth Bodnar 18th University of Montana President

Oct 3 2017

Missoula, MT: University of Montana has selected Seth Bodnar as the18th President. 

Montana University System leaders announced today that Seth…

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Montana Climate Assessment

Sep 20 2017

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems and partners have released the Montana Climate Assessment (MCA).


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NSF EPSCoR announces five RII Track-1 awards

Sep 19 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five jurisdictions nearly $20 million each through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR…

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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-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.
  • 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: 2016-2020

    PI: Paul Stoy (MSU)
    A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University with the University of Wyoming and University of South Dakota to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems while training the next generation of scientists.