Current Grants

Pending Grants

FY2020 EHHD Grant Activity Summary

College of Education, Health and Human Development FY2020 Expenditures 
College of EHHD (as a separate unit) $25,724
Department of Education $1,851,341
Department of Health and Human Development  $3,371,947

Total College of EHHD Expenditures



FY2020 EHHD Grant Submissions by Faculty
Department of Education * $4,383,044
Department of Health and Human Development * $22,181,965
Department of Education ** $7,247,715
Department of Health and Human Development ** $23,628,804

 **including partnerships where another department's faculty leads the grant

FY2020 EHHD Grant Awards by Department**
Department of Education $130,342
Department of Health and Human Development $6,745,644


FY2020 EHHD Grant Awards by Department**
Department of Education $808,399
Department of Health and Human Development $6,932,905


FY2020 EHHD Grant Success Rate
Department of Education 24%
Department of Health and Human Development 37%


FY2020 Submitted Grants that Remain Pending**
Department of Education $2,541,609
Department of Health and Human Development $10,367,023


Current Grants (does include funds awarded to faculty through another department; does include awards of proposals submitted in a prior FY)

College of EHHD Currently Funded Projects

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award
Harmon, Alison Stranahan Foundation
Support for the Life Scholars Program



College of EHHD Unit Total Current Grant Funding 


Department of Education Currently Funded Projects

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award
Carjuzaa, Jioanna with Janelle Rasmussen (PI - OIP) International Research & Exchange Board  Fulbright TEA 2020  12/31/2021
Carjuzaa, Jioanna; Ruff, Bill;Henderson, David US Dept. of Education, OELA Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners
Carson, Robert with Gaub, Le DOD/OPI Northwest Troops to Teachers
Davis, Lauren  NIH/CAIRHE (MSU) A Trauma-Informed Approach for Positive Youth Development for Montana Students 9/1/2020 -  8/31/2021
Downey, Jayne Helena Public Schools Youth Aware of Mental Health Program in Helena for 2019-2020 9//1/19 - 6/30/21
Downey, Jayne MSU VPRED/Research Expansion Funds Awards Building Capacity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Rural Education Research and Practice
Downey, Jayne National Alliance on Mental Illness - Montana NAMI Montana YAM Support 5/31/2021
 Downey, Jayne MT DPHHS (YAM-Great Falls) Implementing the Universal Suicide Prevention 7/1/18 - 6/30/2021
 Downey, Jayne  Bozeman Deaconess Health Services Pilot Feasibility Study of Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM)   9/1/20 - 6/30/2021
Ewbank, Ann with Seifert, Tricia and Downey, Jayne U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Addressing Rural Recruitment and Retention in Montana
Hammack, Rebekah and Ahmed, Selena (HHD) with PI Jamie Cornish (ATO) NIH/SEPA My Home, My Health: Place-Based Public Health-Resources for Rural Educators
6/1/2021 - 5/31/2026
Hammack, Rebekah with Christine Stanton MSU/VP-REDGE Scholarship & Creativity Exploring and Documenting Exceptional Rural Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching
Hammack, Rebekah with Lux, Nicholas NSF "Looks Like Me": Leveraging Funds of Identity to Enhance STEM Career Pursuits in Rural/Reservation Communities
Hughes, Bryce MSU CFE Faculty Excellence Grants International Expansion of Research Agenda
Hughes, Bryce with Shannon Willoughby (PI - Physics) NSF Research Traineeships Nelson Story STEM Fellowship Project
Hughes, Bryce with Schell, William (PI - MIE) Kern Family Foundation Accelerating Development an Entrepreneurial Mindset Ecosystem Using Faculty Development and Outcomes Based Research
Hughes, Bryce with Schell, William (PI - MIE) NSF The Formation of Undergraduate Engineers as Engineering Leaders
 Hughes, Bryce NSF/CAREER Exploring the Participation of LGBTQ Undergraduates in STEM  2/1/2021 - 5/31/2026

Lux, Nicholas with Hu

ghes, Bryce

NSF Minecraft-Based Middle Grades Spatial Skills Learning

Lux, Nicholaswith Paul Gannon (PI - CBE)

NSF/RFE Design and Development: Diversifying Engineering via Identity-Congruent Education (DE-ICE)

Myers, Carrie with Abigail Richards (PI - CBE)

NSF      Research Initiation: Formation of Engineering Identity Through Near-Peer Interactions
 Pennington, Sarah with Jeffrey Conger (PI - Arts) MSU/VP-REDGE/HASS Syslexia & Innovation - Phase 2 9/1/2020 - 6/30/2022
Rinio, Deborah, Ann Ewbank Institute Of Museum And Library Services   Indigenous Perspectives in School Librarianship  8/1/2020 - 7/31/2023
Seifert, Tricia MSU/President's Office University Videogame Project 6/30/2021
Seifert, Tricia MSU/Outreach & Engagement Gaming for College Success: Indigenizing College Transition Board Game 6/30/2021


Taylor, Suzi and partners NASA Science Action Award Aerokats and Rovers Education Network

3/1/2021 - 2/28/2026

 Windchief, Sweeney with Carrie Myers NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate  AGEP-T: Pacific Northwest Collaborative Opportunities for Success in Mentoring of Students (PNW-COSMOS) 


Windchief, Sweeney with Fasy, Brittany (PI - Computer Science) NSF Strategies: Improving the Pipeline for Native American Students Entering CS Via Storytelling
Windchief, Sweeney Sloan Foundation (via Purdue) Sloan Indigenous Grant Partnership: A Force for Change

Education Total Current Funding 


Department of Health and Human Development Currently Funded Projects

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award
 Ahmed, Selena with Roland Ebel MSU CFE Instructional Innovation Food System Case studies for Enhancing Interdisciplinary Learning   6/30/2021
Ahmed, Selena NIH/CAIRHE (MSU)
Translational Biomarkers Core
 Ahmed, Selena   INBRE (subaward via SKC) Building Capacity for Promoting Healthy Choices And Sustainable Diets for All on the Flathead Reservation   4/30/2021
Sustainable Socio-economic, Ecological, and Technological Scenarios for Achieving Global Climate Stabilization Through Negative CO2 Emission Policies
Ahmed, Selena and Byker Shanks, Carmen
Advancing an Inclusive Food Systems Curriculum based on a Signature Pedagogy
 Bark, Katie No Kid Hungry  Montana Community Nutrition 2021 No Kid Hungry 11/30/2021
Bark, Katie, Byker Shanks, Carmen, Stenberg, Molly and Roth, Aubree
Montana OPI
2019 Team Nutrition Training Grant- Montana Cook Fresh: High Quality School Meals Students Enjoy Initiative
 Bark, Katie Montana Office of Public Instruction  2020 Montana Farm to School/School Wellness Policy  7/1/2020 - 9/30/2021
Bartz, Jody Montana OPI Higher Education Consortium 9/30/2021
Bartz, Jody UM-Western -CEEDAR Integrating High Leverage Practices into Pre-Service Teacher Education 5/31/2021
Bartz, Jody
MSU Outreach & Engagement Inclusive Community Camp 6/30/2021
 Bartz, Jody and Alexandra Aylward MSU/VP-REDGE/COVID  Understanding the Situated Experiences of Students with Disabilities and/or Accommodations, Families, Educators, and Specialists during COVID-19 and COVID-19 Related Responses  9/1/2020 - 1/31/2021
 Becker, James  University of Nevada Las Vegas (CTRIN) Movement Screening to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injury in Adolescent Runners  6/30/2021
 Becker, James with PI Scott Monfort (MIE)  NIH (R03) Establishing Cognitive-Motor Function as a Missing Therapeutic Target after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction  12/31/2022
Bird, Elizabeth with PI Michael Everts (Architecture)   National Endowment for the Arts Public Architecture for Cultural Sharing: Creating Story Pole Installations for a Fort Peck Indian Reservation Buffalo Trail 
 Bird, Elizabeth with Lux, Christine  Montana Community Foundation  A Head Start Buffalo People Curriculum Proposal  
Brennan, Alison and Grocke, Michelle SAMHSA Rural Opioid Training Assistance Grant 8/31/2021
Byker Shanks, Carmen No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength Exploring the impact of Montana's food assistance systems on food security of newly enrolled families during COVID-19 2/1/2021 - 2/1/2022
 Byker Shanks, Carmen with Selena Ahmed and Roland Ebel  MSU/IRAEA  Short-term impact of Covic-19 Public Health Regulation on Consumers' Food Purchases from Grocery Stores in Gallatin County Montana 2/28/2021
Byker Shanks, Carmen NIH/CAIRHE (MSU)
The UnProcessed Pantry Project (UP3)
 Carter, Jason NIH-NIAAA R01 Alcohol and Neurovascular Control in Humans 9/1/2020 - 8/31/2022
Carter, Jason Merck Research Laboratories A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Determine the Effect of Suvorexant on Sympathetic Neural Activity and Baroreflex Function in Patients with Chronic Insomnia 9/14/2020 - 8/31/2022
Decker, Kalli NIH/INBRE (MSU)
Quest for High-Quality Early Intervention Services in Rural Montana: Data Analysis and Dissemination of Findings



Ebel, Roland; Ahmed, Selena US EPA Converting Household Food Scraps into Biofertilizer using Small Biodigesters 9/30/2022
Ebel, Roland; Ahmed, Selena USDA/WSARE
Participatory Training in Small-scale Anaerobic Digestion of Agricultural Residues

9/1/2021 - 9/1/2022

Elliott, Anna; Koltz, Rebecca; Downey, Jayne US Dept of Education with Montana OPI (prime) and UM Rural Mental Health Preparation/Practice Pathway: An Innovative Partnership to Prepare Rural School-Based Mental Health Services Providers

$2,347,934 (total grant)

 Elliott, Anna; Koltz, Rebecca Montana Healthcare Foundation  Increasing Mental Health Access to Gallatin County 


Franklin, Katey; Schure, Mark Co-Investigator NIH/CAIRHE (MSU)
A pilot study for implementing and evaluating an internet-based cognitive behavior therapy intervention in school settings and its impact on adolescent mental and behavioral health 8/31/2021
Graham, David and Dawn Tarabochia NIH/INBRE (MSU)
Learning from Falling: The Efficacy and Psycho-Social Benefits of Perturbation-Based Training 5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022
Graham, David and Dawn Tarabochia NIH/INBRE (MSU)
Learning from Falling: Perturbation-Based Balance Training to Prevent Falls in Older People 4/30/2021
Grocke, MIchelle USDA via Washington State U. Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program 8/31/2023
Grocke, Michelle and Alison Brennan Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration MSU Extension Expansion Project to Provide Education, Outreach and Training on Opioid and Stimulant Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for Rural and Native Montana Youth 8/31/2020 - 8/30/2022
Grocke, Michelle USDA Rural Health & Safety Educating and Empowering Aging Populations in Rural Montana about Opioid Misuse and Abuse 2/28/2021
Grocke, Michelle and Alison Brennan Montana Healthcare Foundation Responding to Farmers and Ranchers Under Stress Under the Big Sky of Montana and the Western Region 11/29/2021
Professional Development Core
Held, Suzanne with Alma McCormick (PI-Messengers for Health) NIH/INBRE Indigenous evaluation and dissemination of the Báa nnilah project 5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022
 Kuo, Wan-Yuan; Gaston, Marcy  Montana Dept of Agriculture Culinary, nutritional, and value-added potentials of Montana pulses - A geographical survey among four states   9/30/20 - 9/29/2023
Kuo, Wan-Yuan USDA/WSARE Indigenous Food-Science-Ways: Integrating Indigenous knowledge with food scince, research & education to support value-added Native foods 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2024
 Kuo, Wan-Yuan with Rachel Leisso (PI, AES/WARC) MDA Specialty Crop Block Grant 
Supporting emerging needs in Montana small fruit production through research, education and market development
Kuo, Wan-Yuan Montana Dept. of Ag./SCBG
Establishing extrusion services to produce value-added specialty crops
McMilin, Colleen MSU/IRAEA Investigating the impact of state telemedicine regulation (SBO207), including changes made due to the response to COVID-19, on dietetic services delivered via telenutrition in the outatient or ambulatory care setting. 8/14/2021
McMilin, Colleen with PI Sally Moyce (Nursing)
MUS Interprofessional Education Research
Improving healthcare delivery to members of the LGBTQ+ community through an Interprofessional Education undergraduate experience
McMilin, Colleen
MSU CFE Faculty Excellence Grants
Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) - impact of a food allergy on quality of life
Miles, Mary   MSU/VP-REDGE/Research Expansion Funds Awards Metabolomic Profiles of Adults with Distinct Inflammatory Phenotypes and Identification of Foods that Promote a Low Inflammation Phenotype  6/30/2021
Miles, Mary; McMilin, Colleen USDA/AFRI & Pulse Association Therapeutic Impacts of Dietary Pulses on Serum Bile Acids 2/1/2021 - 1/31/2024
Miles, Mary, Kuo, Wan-Yuan and McMilin, Colleen  USDA-ARS Pulse Crop Health Initiative  Gut microbiota dependent and independent impacts of dietary pulses on pre- and postprandial metabolism and inflammation in overweight/obese humans   9/15/2019 - 12/31/2023
Orendorff, Karie MSU-Faculty Excellence Grant Literacy Walk 6/30/2021
NSF Arctic Social Sciences
Population Dynamics in Greenland - A Multi-Component, Mixed-Methods Study of Demographic Change in the Arctic
Rink, Elizabeth NIH “We are here now” - a multi-level, multi-component sexual and reproductive health intervention for American Indian youth
Rink, Elizabeth Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Wichoabdeza: Trauma-informed policy change to improve health in a tribal community
Roth, Aubree and Bark, Katie   National Center for Appropriate Technology Planting Seeds for Success   1/1/21 - 9/30/23
Roth, Aubree; Stenberg, Molly Montana OPI School Meal Recipe Development: 2020 Team Nutrition Training Grant 9/30/2020 - 9/30/2022
Roth, Aubree and Bark, Katie USDA via MT OPI
Putting Down Roots: Strengthening Regional Farm to School Connections in Montana
Routh, Brianna Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National 4-H foundation Montana Well- Connected Communities
Routh, Brianna with Bernadette McCrory (PI-MIE) Montana Healthcare Foundation Rapid Assessment and Process Improvement of Local Health System Perioperative Surgical Home Model
Routh, Brianna, Grocke, MIchelle and Bird, Elizabeth USDA/TCRGP via Fort Peck Community College Collaborative Research and Strategic Planning for Fort Peck Inter-Tribal Buffalo Treaty Implementation
Schure, Mark
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk: Social, Emotional, and Physical Wellness (Evaluation)
Schure, Mark SAMHSA
Developing educational videos based on cognitive behavior therapy methods for Montana adolescents with comorbid conditions
Schure, Mark NIH/AIAN-CTRP (MSU) Daasachchuchik (‘Strong Heart’): Using cultural strengths to develop a trauma-informed program for improving the mental well-being of the Apsáalooke people 7/31/2021
Simonds, Vanessa NIH/AIAN-CTR Planning Grant Promoting Healthy Relationships among Apsaalooke Youth 7/31/2021
 Simonds, Vanessa NSF-AISL Guardians of the Living Water: Advancing Informal STEM Learning in a Tribal Community 3/25/2023
Simond, Vanessa
Using the Community Readiness Model to develop a culturally centered intervention for promoting healthy relationships among Native American youth
Stenberg, Molly
2021 Team Nutrition Grant
11/2/20 - 9/30/22
Stluka, Dan
Early Care and Education Career Development
10/2/2020 - 9/30/2021
Stluka, Dan
MT DPHHS Budget B-Montana Milestones - Part C 9/30/2021
Stluka, Dan MT DPHHS Montana Milestones 12/31/2020

HHD Total Current Funding 


College of EHHD Total Current Funding  



Pending Grants in the College of EHHD

College of EHHD Pending Grants

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award

Department of Education Pending Grants

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award

Aylward, Alexandra

W.T. Grant Foundation Policy, Practice, and Context: Ecological Systems Change for Reducing Discipline Disparities 5/15/25

Aylward, Alexandra

Spencer Foundation Research Grants The Intersections of Policy, Practice, and Context: Relationships Between Geography of Opportunity and Outcomes 4/30/2024
Brody, Michael; Reuer, Marcie NSF/AISL Rural Youth Online Mentoring Experiences (RYSOME) 5/31/2023
Carjuzaa, Jioanna with PI Janelle Rasmussen (Office of Int'l Programs) US Dept of Ed, ECA & IREX Fulbright TEA Fellows FY22 12/14/2022
Carjuzaa, Jioanna with PI Lucia Ricciardelli (Film/Photograph) MSU/VP-REDGE/HASS Saving Montana's Indigenous Languages: Partnering with Tribal Communities to Produce Docuentary Films Featuring Preservation, Maintenance and Revitalization Efforts 8/31/2022
PI Paul Gannon (CBE) with Rebekah Hammack, Nick Lux and Sweeney Windchief NSF/RET Culturally-Responsive Energy Engineering Education in Rural/Reservation Elementary Schools 5/31/2024
Hammack, Rebekah MSU/VPREDGE-Scholarship & Creativity Grants Exploring and Documenting Exceptional Rural Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching 12/31/2021

 Hammack, Rebekah

NSF-DRK12/Univ. North Dakota
Modest Supports in Rural Schools: A multi-state approach to NGSS teacher professional learning
 Hughes, Bryce with William Schell (PI-MIE)  NSF An S-STEM Program for Engineering Leadership Education and Development  4/30/2025
Luo, Fenqjen NSF/Mid-Career Advancement Investigating a Flipped Problem-Based Learning Approach to Developing K-8 Pre-Service Teachers’ Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge of Fractions 12/31/2024
Luo, Fenqjen; Taylor, Suzanne MSU/VP-REDGE/REF Exploring Extracurricular STEM Learning of Rural Girls and Underrepresented Students in Montana 6/15/2022
Pennington, Sarah; Modyanova, Nadya NIH/NIDCD/R21 Typical Adult and Autism spectrum disorder comprehension of Referents and Co-Speech gestures with Eye Tracking” (TARCoSET) 7/31/2023
Pennington, Sarah; Modyanova, Nadya NIH/CAIRHE (MSU) Can gestures improve language comprehension in children with autism and/or language impairments? An eye-tracking study. 8/31/2022
Reier, Marcie; Brody, Michael Spencer Foundation Constellations of Mentors: The Influence of Virtual Mentoring Communities on Native American Youth Participating in Science Olympiad 9/1/2023
Ruff, William; Aylward, Alexandra; with PI Julie Ruff (Nursing) NIH/CAIRHE (MSU) Healing through Educaiton And Resilency Teaching (HEART) 8/31/2022
Stanton, Christine W.T. Grant Foundation via U.Missouri Repositioning Native Youth as Educational Consultants to Promote Academic Success 12/31/2023
Stanton, Christine MSU Instructional Innovation “I Had a Story to Tell”: Repositioning Pedagogy for Enhanced Interdisciplinary Teacher Education 6/30/2022
Versland, Tena; Downey, Jayne; Wilson Sarah Schmitt MSU Outreach & Engagement Montana Rural Education Needs Assessment 6/30/2022
Wilson Sarah Schmitt with PI Tara Mastel (MSU Extension) Montana Community Foundation Survey of Montana Newcomers 12/31/2021
Windchief, Sweeney with PI Barbara Komlos (MSU Grad School) Purdue University Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program MSU SIGP Scholar Wellness through Indigenous Foods 7/31/2022

Education Total Pending Grants


Department of Health and Human Development Pending Grants

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award
Ahmed, Selena; Ebel, Roland; Warne, Teresa USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council Lentil Management and Crop Quality: Effects of Lentil Cultivation Practices in Montana’s Organic Production Systems on Nutrient and Phytochemical Profiles of Lentil Cultivars 6/30/2022
Ahmed, Selena and Carmen Byker Shanks FFAR Acceptance of Pulses as a Plant-Based Food: Market Analysis on Consumer Values, Decisions, and Sensory Perceptions in Massachusetts and Montana 4/30/2022
Ahmed, Selena; Ebel, Roland; Stein, Mary USDA/NIFA/Sustianable Ag Systems Strengthening the Resilience of U.S. Agri-Food Value Chains to Systemic Shocks 9/30/2026
Ahmed, Selena with Roland Ebel USDA/Western SARE  Resilience and Vulnerability of Farming Systems in the Upper Missouri River Basin in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic   3/31/2024
Ahmed, Selena FFAR via Rutledge Reorienting urban food systems towards the production and consumption of nutritious food 8/30/2023
Bartz, Jody Montana OPI/HEC Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Higher Education Consortium (HEC) 9/30/2021
Graham, David Simons Foundation Integrated neural and musculoskeletal modeling of neuromotor deficits in older adults. 8/30/2023
Heil, Dan NIH via Gramercy Research Group The Learning and Developing Individual Exercise Skills (L.A.D.I.E.S.) for a Better Life intervention (LADIES 2.0) 9/30/2026
Held, Suzanne with PI Yoshiko Colclough (Nursing) NIH The Blackfeet Community Hospice Project 7/31/2023
Held, Suzanne with PI Alma McCormick NIH/INBRE (MSU) Indigenous evaluation and dissemination of the Báa nnilah project 4/30/2022
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with PI Zach Miller (LRES) USDA/WSARE Professional/Producer Grants Supporting the value-added market and product development of cold-hardy small fruits and berries by Western growers 3/31/2024
Kuo, Wan-Yuan; Song, Mei Montana Department of Agriculture-SCBG Establishing the industry and market for Montana’s high-value fractionated pulse ingredients via food product innovation 9/30/2024
Kuo, Wan-Yuan USDA/HEC via NC State FIRST in PD Teaching: Food Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology in Product Development Teaching 7/31/2024
Kuo, Wan-Yuan NIH/CAIRHE (MSU) Establishing Foundations for Indigenous Dietary Interventions - Links to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention 7/31/2022
Roth, Aubree; Bark, Katie USDA Farm 2 School via Montana OPI Cultivating Farm to School Connections in Montana 6/30/2023
Schure, Mark; Held, Suzanne Montana Healthcare Foundation Daasachchuchik (‘Strong Heart’): Using cultural strengths to develop a trauma-informed program for improving the mental well-being 7/19/2022
Seifert, John; Graham, David; Tarabochia, Dawn Fahs-Beck Foundation The Influence of Seasonal Change and Alpine Ski Season on Musculotendon Development and Social Isolation 12/31/2022
Simonds, Vanessa with PI Margaret Eggers USDA/AFRI New Beginnings Creating our Home 12/31/2024

HHD Total Pending Grants


College of EHHD Total Pending Grants


Revised  25 September 2020