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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

New video higlights research and impact of CREWS

Oct 11 2021
A new video highlights the work of CREWS researchers and students.
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FY 2022 Solicitation Released: NSF ESPCOR Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

Nov 4 2021
For FY 2022, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: “Advancing research towards industries of tomorrow to ensure economic growth for EPSCoR…
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Two new press articles feature CREWS-supported efforts

Oct 28 2021
Two new newspaper articles highlight the efforts of the Upper Clark Fork Working Group and the recent Warm Springs Ponds survey results.
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Call for Year 4 CREWS Commercialization and Innovation Interns

Oct 19 2021
Do you have a research project that has possible commercial potential? Are you interested in having an intern explore that potential for you? CREWS has four funded…
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CREWS Undergraduate Research Highlight: Jaden Woeppel

Sep 28 2021
Meet Jaden Woeppel, 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: 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.