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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

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.
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CREWS Careers: Jessica Andriolo

Jun 14 2021

Meet Jessica Andriolo, a research associate in the mechanical engineering department at

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Upper Clark Fork Working Group releases first newsletter

Jun 8 2021
The Upper Clark Fork Working Group (UCFWG) has released its first official newsletter
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CREWS Workforce Development awardee creates virtual reality water plant simulation

Jun 1 2021
CREWS Workforce Development Program awardee Andrew Sullivan creates virtual reality water plant simulation
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Youth organizations can apply for free Land Use Explorers STEM kits (deadline 6/21/21)

May 27 2021

Kits created to inspire place-based science exploration are available for free to regional youth-serving organizations this summer thanks to…

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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”).