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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

Students from CJMS , Madison Foster working with kids , SMRC team

CREWS Education-Outreach-Diversity team brings citizen science to sixth graders

Nov 18 2022

On Sept. 23, 2022, the CREWS EOD team from the MSU Science Math Resource Center along with MSU PhD student Madison Foster participated in STEM outreach at Chief…

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From Board Game to Video Game: Using game-based learning to help young people explore STEM pathways 

Nov 13 2022
With support from Montana NSF EPSCoR, Dr. Tricia Seifert (MSU) and a team of student game developers at UM and MSU are developing a video game meant to help prospective…
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University of Montana earns $2.5M grant as national leader for promoting STEM diversity

Nov 7 2022
A University of Montana team including Montana NSF EPScoR Diversity and Inclusion lead Dr. Aaron Thomas helps UM earn a prestigious $2.5 million grant from the Howard…
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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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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.