MSU Grant Programs

Several internal funding opportunities are available to MSU faculty and/or students. These programs are based on a competitive process similar to the external proposal process.


COBRE Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases The purpose of this Pilot Grants Program is to provide funding for peer-reviewed and meritorious pilot projects to accelerate bio-medical research in the area of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases at Montana State University.

Faculty Development Awards program will enable faculty to engage in activities that will enhance their scholarship. This program combines the Buy-out for Enhancing Scholarship and Teaching (BEST) and the Short-Term Professional Development Leave programs.

The Center for Invasive Plant Management funds small projects in the areas f restoration of invasive plant infested lands, collection and analysis of ecological data, application of scientific research to field-level situations, research in ecological invasive plant management, and weed management.

International Programs can coordinate research activities abroad for MSU Faculty.

The McNair Scholars Program The McNair Scholars Program at MSU serves the needs of 25 undergraduate students annually who are either first-generation/low-income or minorities traditionally underrepresented (e.g. Native American, Latino, Alaskan Native, and African American) in graduate school. Eligible scholars are selected who have demonstrated strong academic potential and are committed to attending graduate school and pursuing a doctoral degree. A particular focus of the MSU McNair program is providing research/project opportunities and financial support for summer research projects for each student who is paired with a faculty mentor.

The Montana Campus Compact awards funds to faculty to create service learning programs.

The Montana NSF EPSCoR Program provides seed funding for Montana principal investigators to expand research and increase their competitiveness for funding from federal agencies. The current priority topic is Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

The Montana Network for Biomedical Research Opportunities (the BRIN Grant) offers faculty, undergraduate and graduate students throughout Montana enhanced research opportunities in the bio-medical sciences.

The Montana Space Grant Consortium program offers full-time engineering and science educators at U.S colleges and universities the opportunity to participate in NASA on-going research efforts. Graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships are also awarded to students enrolled in fields of study relevant to the aerospace sciences and engineering.

The Montana University System Water Center provides seed grants for Montana water researchers, and competitive grant opportunities for fish health researchers. There are occasional funding opportunities to investigate drinking water treatment technologies.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program - funding from National Science Foundation (NSF)

Center for Biofilm Engineering
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Scholarship and Creativity Grants for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences supports seed grants to full-time tenure-track faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The Undergraduate Scholars Program offers undergraduate students up to $1500 in support of their research projects during the academic year. Funds are provided by the Provost's office, VP for Research and Economic Development office, NSF-EPSCoR office, and the Montana Space Grant Consortium.

Interdisciplinary Research/Creativity Proposals supports the development of new interdisciplinary research and creative activities, including the submission of new research proposals that address interdisciplinary themes posted by NSF, NIH, DOE, and other funding agencies.