Strategic Plan

Montana 2011-2017 RII Track-1 Mission Statement

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.

Download Montana EPSCoR's Strategic Plan (Spring 2016 Update) to find out more about how MT EPSCoR is achieving these goals.


Goal 1. Investigate dynamics and vulnerabilities of Mountain and High Plains ecosystems through a portfolio of multi-scale research projects (Focus Areas 1, 2, and 3) 

Goal 2. Ensure integrated research and outreach results across institutions and disciplines in ways that build permanent interdisciplinary capacity (Integration)

Goal 3. Ensure integration of social-ecological systems inquiry in the total portfolio of research capacity in this RII project and its key infrastructure effort, the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE), to better understand ecosystems undergoing rapid change (Social-Ecological Systems Initiative)


Goal 4. Educate and train the next generation of professionals in emerging ecosystem sciences, including those pertaining to social-ecological systems (Education)

Goal 5. Expand and coordinate opportunities for knowledge dissemination and training to improve STEM workforce development (Workforce)

Goal 6. Engage the full diversity of Montana’s human and institutional resources in the achievement of the RII project goals and objectives (Diversity)


Goal 7. Implement new and integrate existing cyberinfrastructure to improve statewide (1) collaboration and communication, (2) education and outreach, and (3) research computing resources that foster integrated outcomes and increase competitiveness in ecosystem sciences (Cyberinfrastructure)


Goal 8. Create and maintain a science outreach network that increases the visibility of MT-EPSCoR and the IoE and engages IoE integrated science teams, Focus Area project outcomes, and statewide vulnerability to climate change assessment with stakeholders, focusing on resource managers, decision-makers, STEM educators, and the general public (Outreach)


Goal 9. Develop the IoE as a collaborative structure and resource to improve statewide research, education, and science engagement capacity and competitiveness in interdisciplinary ecosystem and social-ecological system sciences (Collaborative Management)

Goal 10. Implement an integrated internal assessment and external evaluation program that allows for continual evolution, improvement and fine-tuning of the MT-EPSCoR programs and activities (Assessment)


Goal 11. Establish the IoE as a lasting statewide research, education, and outreach infrastructure (Sustainability)

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