Faculty and students from Little Big Horn College

Montana NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

NPS Photo
 
Scroll to learn more

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

MT Track-1 Concept Paper Solicitation

Apr 15 2021
Announcement from the Montana University system soliciting 2-page concept papers proposing topics for the next NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 project for the state of Montana.
Read More

Saying goodbye and best wishes to spectrUM's Hedi Casquilho-Gray

Apr 22 2021
CREWS is saying a bittersweet farewell to our colleague Hedi Casquilho-Gray, who will be leaving her position at the University of Montana in June to begin a new career…
Read More

Libby Metcalf named inaugural Joel Meier Distinguished Professor of Wildland Recreation at University of Montana

Apr 19 2021

Libby Metcalf, a CREWS project lead at the University of Montana working with the…

Read More

Montana NSF EPSCoR Celebrates Citizen Science Month

Apr 16 2021

Citizen science connects scientists and everyday people to help accelerate research and discovery. It can involve one person or millions of people collaborating…

Read More

CREWS Commercialization Intern Highlight: Alyson Welch

Apr 14 2021

Meet Alyson Welch, a third-year undergraduate student at Montana State University and current CREWS innovation and commercialization intern.

Read More
image

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.