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

News

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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Two UM faculty receive NSF EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) Awards

Sep 14 2017
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UM awarded Track-2 in partnership with University of Nebraska

Aug 24 2017

UM Professor of Wildlife Biology, Zac Cheviron, is the PI on a newly awarded $4M RII Track-2 FEC project in…

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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:

  • 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: 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.
  • RII Track-2 FEC: 2016-2020

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