The mission of the MtEPSCoR INSTEP III program is to advance Montana's research and engineering capacity with a focus on:
1) Providing understanding of ecosystem dynamics in the face of regional climate change
2) Assessing the consequences of ecosystem change on the environment, communities, and economic vitality in Montana
3) Providing knowledge and tools to educate and engage the people of Montana to adapt to the changes
MtEPSCoR has helped to establish the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) to develop a statewide network to implement integrated project components. Our intent is for the IoE to become a self-sustaining institute beyond EPSCoR support. This close relationship is designed to ensure successful implementation and create a lasting impact from NSF EPSCoR RII investments.