Office of Research and Economic Development

Research at MSU

With outdoor laboratories as close as Yellowstone National Park, MSU students have ample opportunities to pursue exciting projects throughout their college careers. These projects are not limited to the sciences, but also include artistic endeavors such as original musical compositions, paintings and architectural designs.The integration of learning and discovery is a hallmark of the undergraduate experience at Montana State University, which offers every student a hands-on research or creative project in his or her sophomore year. MSU has become a model university for combining these two critical aspects of higher education.

 

MSU Professor inspects samples from subglacial Antarctica in his lab with two students

Montana State University professor and polar ecologist John Priscu, center, inspects samples from subglacial Antarctica in his lab in Bozeman, Mont., with graduate students Trista Vick-Majors, left, and Alex Michaud.

 

Those hands-on opportunities make MSU a leader in the number of prestigious Goldwater Scholarships for undergraduate excellence in science and math. Read about MSU's most recent Goldwater Scholarship recipients.

MSU is among the nation's top tier of research universities, as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. MSU is ranked by the Foundation as one of 108 research universities with "very high research activity."

Faculty take advantage of the ability to conduct pioneering research in a unique learning environment. Montana State University closed out another strong year of research successes with significant work in energy, agriculture, health and biomedicine, and the environment leading the way. MSU's expenditures from competitive sponsored research programs reached $90.5 million in fiscal year 2014. Read about the MSU's 2014 research year.

MSU faculty are recipients of National Science Career Awards, Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Technology Review magazine "young innovator" award and a McArthur Foundation Award. Read about these and other Points of Excellence.

Incentive Program for Researchers

The MSU Incentive Program for Researchers (IPR) encourages faculty to secure externally-funded research, scholarship, and sponsored program projects and rewards those who successfully secure extramural funds. See the Office of Sponsored Programs for details.

The Awards & Internal / MT Grants page provides information regarding in-house grants and awards.