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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

CREWS Graduate Students Present at Diving into Data Workshop

May 23 2022
CREWS graduate students Riley Logan and Megan Moore presented their research at a Diving into Data workshop hosted by the Science Math Resource Center in February
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Montana Tech Awarded $24M Grant to Develop Materials Technology for Rare Earth Element Processing Research Program

May 20 2022
Montana Technological University was recently awarded a five-year, $24M research and development grant to develop a research program called "Materials Technology for…
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Researchers from CREWS NRSS and JRW Teams Celebrate Publication of Two Articles

May 17 2022
Researchers and students from the CREWS Natural Resource Social Science and Judith River Watershed teams published two articles in 2021 on rural drinking water systems…
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Two CREWS Students Receive Goldwater Scholarships

May 6 2022

Two CREWS undergraduate research students, Shannon Hamp who is currently at Montana State University, and Baylie Phillips…

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CREWS Workforce Development Seed Award Profile: Dr. Ashley Beck

Apr 27 2022

In 2020, Dr. Ashley Beck, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Carroll College in Helena, was awarded a workforce development seed grant…

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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.