Office of Research and Economic Development

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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.

With outdoor laboratories as close as Yellowstone National Park, MSU students have ample opportunities to pursue exciting projects throughout their college careers. Not limited to the sciences, those projects also include such artistic endeavors as original musical compositions, paintings and architectural designs.

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. The Foundation recently ranked MSU 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. MSU's expenditures from sponsored research programs reached $93 million in fiscal year 2013.

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.

The Office of Research and Economic Development is responsible for administering MSU's thriving research enterprise. It oversees the following areas:

NEW January 21, 2014: Dr. Renee Reijo Pera is MSU's new Vice President of Research and Economic Development. Dr. Reijo Pera came to MSU from Stanford University where she was the director for the Center for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research and Education and the Center for Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology, as well as head of the doctoral program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

NEW August 28, 2013: Incentive Program for Researchers (IPR). See the Office of Sponsored Programs webpage for details.

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

Information on the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Research Initiative and the Strategic Plan are available for your review.