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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 researchers and partners from MSU and LBHC awarded funding through USDA NIFA New Beginnings for Tribal Students Program

Jul 26 2021
CREWS researchers from MSU and LBHC and partners receive a $500,000 award from the USDA NIFA New Beginnings for Tribal Students Program
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Montana State University to collaborate with partner NSF EPSCoR institutions on cyberinfrastructure research and education

Jul 13 2021
A workshop will be held to assess cyberinfrastructure across the nation
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CREWS researchers and students tour Rosebud Mine outside of Colstrip

Jul 1 2021
Researchers and students from the CREWS Powder River Basin team had the opportunity to tour the Rosebud Mine outside of Colstrip, MT
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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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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.