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

Our current RII Track-1 project (2018-2023) is the Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS).

News and CREWS Blog

CREWS Field Notes: The Big Diel

Sep 23 2021
CREWS researchers and students working on the Upper Clark Fork River (UCFR) undertook the "Big Diel" this past July, a 48-hour sampling event that sought to characterize…
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CREWS Undergraduate Research Highlight: Charlie Nicholson

Sep 22 2021
Meet Charlie Nicholson, an intern with the 2021 CREWS Undergraduate Research Internship program!
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CREWS Undergraduate Research Highlight: Madeline Miller

Sep 20 2021
Meet Madeline Miller, an intern with the 2021 CREWS Undergraduate Research Internship program!
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Sunburst Sensors to provide pHyters and training to citizen scientists and schools

Sep 16 2021
Sunburst Sensors, a private industry partner of the CREWS project, was awarded $150K to develop, produce and distribute the pHyter, an inexpensive, handheld instrument…
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CREWS Undergraduate Research Highlight: Sean Williams

Sep 15 2021
Meet Sean Williams, an intern with the 2021 CREWS Undergraduate Research Internship program!
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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-1: 2018-2023

    PI: Ragan Callaway (UM) Project Director
    The Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS) is a five-year, $20M NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 partnership between the University of Montana, Montana State University, Montana Technological University, Salish Kootenai College, Little Bighorn College, and business and government partners to study Montana’s environmental water systems and specific water quality issues.
  • RII Track-1: 2011-2018

    PI: Ray Callaway (UM)
    Montana research on ecosystems from microbes to landscapes, including creation of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE)
  • 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”).