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Montana NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

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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.

2018-23 RII Track-1 project:
Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS).

News and CREWS Blog

Registration now open for CREWS Year 4 All Hands Meeting

Jul 6 2022
Registration is now open for the Montana NSF EPSCoR CREWS Year 4 All Hands Meeting, which will take place from September 7-8 at the Forge Hotel in Anaconda, MT
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Dr. Aaron Thomas Leads $10M Project to Advance Native American STEM Education Across the West

Aug 10 2022
Dr. Aaron Thomas, Diversity and Inclusion lead on the CREWS project, will act as the Principal Investigator for a new grant that funds Cultivating Indigenous Research…
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UM Vision Magazine Features CREWS Research

Jul 19 2022
UM 2022 Vision magazine features Upper Clark Fork River research.
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Dr. Stephanie Ewing named as new Director of the Montana Water Center

Jul 5 2022
Dr. Stephanie Ewing, professor at MSU and lead of the CREWS Judith River Watershed Team, was recently named as the new Director of the Montana Water Center
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Montana State University students mentored by CREWS scientist receive national recognition for environmental health research

Jun 30 2022
Three undergraduate students mentored by CREWS scientist Dr. Mari Eggers receive national recognition for their research in environmental health
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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”).