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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

Workforce Development Intern Highlight: Morgan Schultz

Oct 6 2022
Meet Morgan Schultz, an undergraduate student who participated in the 2022 CREWS Workforce Development internship program!
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Workforce Development Intern Highlight: Raina Woolworth

Oct 4 2022
Meet Raina Woolworth, an undergraduate student who participated in the 2022 CREWS Workforce Development internship program! 
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Workforce Development Intern Highlight: Sam Turner

Oct 3 2022
Meet Sam Turner, an undergraduate student who participated in the 2022 CREWS Workforce Development internship program!
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Montana NSF EPSCoR supports activities at MSU Inclusive Communities Camp

Sep 30 2022
This summer, Montana NSF EPSCoR helped support adaptive water-based activities at the Inclusive Community Camp (ICC), hosted at MSU by the Department of Education
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CREWS Undergraduate Research Highlight: Lark Olson

Sep 24 2022
Meet Lark Olson, an intern with the 2022 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: 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”).