Montana NSF Experimental 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.


Student opportunity (travel grants) for SEA Conference

Feb 8 2017

The Computational and Information Systems Laboratory is offering travel grants to students who are interested in attending the sixth annual National Center for…

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EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation Newsletter

Dec 21 2016

The EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation has released an end of year (December 2016)…

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New Track-4 opportunity

Dec 14 2016

NSF EPSCoR has announced a new Track-4 opportunity for for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended…

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Montana Track-2 Awards 2016

Dec 14 2016

On August 22, 2016 NSF EPSCoR announced Track-2 awards. Designed to build multi-jurisdictional…

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Fall 2016 Newsletter

Nov 28 2016

The September issue of Montana NSF EPSCoR's quarterly newsletter, with articles on research activities, new faculty hires, outreach programs, and diversity…

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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)