Current Grants

Pending Grants

FY2021 EHHD Grant Activity Summary

College of Education, Health and Human Development FY2021 Expenditures 
College of EHHD (as a separate unit) $138,940
Department of Education $1,884,046
Department of Health and Human Development  $3,147,582

Total College of EHHD Expenditures



FY2022 EHHD Grant Submissions by Faculty
Department of Education * $4,671,916
Department of Health and Human Development * $5,589,256
Department of Education ** $4,811,775
Department of Health and Human Development ** $6,330,180

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

FY2022 EHHD Grant Awards by Department**
Department of Education $4,037,029
Department of Health and Human Development $3,784,776


FY2022 EHHD Grant Awards by Department**
Department of Education $4,811,775
Department of Health and Human Development $4,129,700


FY2022 EHHD Grant Success Rate
Department of Education 67%
Department of Health and Human Development 73%


FY2022 Submitted Grants that Remain Pending**
Department of Education $349,997
Department of Health and Human Development $


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

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 2023 5/1/2022 - 12/1/2022
Davis, Lauren NIH/CAIRHE (MSU) A Trauma-Informed Intervention for Positive Youth Development and Teacher Wellness in Rural Montana $445,000
9/1/21 - 8/31/24
Downey, Jayne; Versland, Tena Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Resolving the Rural Teacher Shortage in Montana 9/1/21 - 8/31/23
Downey, Jayne; Kelley Edwards Bozeman Deaconess Health Bozeman Health YAM 9/1/21 - 8/31/24
Downey, Jayne USDA-NIFA Rural Health & Safety Rural Resiliency: Expanding Access to Youth Aware of Mental Health 9/1/21 - 8/30/23
Downey, Jayne Helena Public Schools Youth Aware of Mental Health Program in Helena for 2019-2020 9//1/19 - 6/30/22
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 Youth Aware of Mental Health 10/1/20 - 8/31/23
 Downey, Jayne Steele-Reese Foundation Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention Through the Youth Aware of Mental Health Program (YAM) 8/1/21 - 7/31/22
Downey, Jayne with Seifert, Tricia U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Addressing Rural Recruitment and Retention in Montana
PI Paul Gannon (CBE) with Rebekah Hammack, Nick Lux and Sweeney Windchief NSF/RET Culturally-Responsive Energy Engineering Education in Rural/Reservation Elementary Schools
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 Lux, Nicholas NSF "Looks Like Me": Leveraging Funds of Identity to Enhance STEM Career Pursuits in Rural/Reservation Communities
 Hammack, Rebekah NSF-DRK12/Univ. North Dakota Investigating how combining intensive professional development and modest support effects rural elementary teachers’ science and engineering practice 6/1/2022 - 5/31/2026
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 NSF/CAREER Exploring the Participation of LGBTQ Undergraduates in STEM  2/1/2021 - 1/31/2026

Lux, Nicholas with Paul Gannon (PI - CBE)

NSF/RFE Design and Development: Diversifying Engineering via Identity-Congruent Education (DE-ICE)
Moreland, Chloe (Science Math Resource Center) MSU Office of Outreach & Engagement Engaging Montana Youth in Citizen Science 7/1/22 - 6/30/23
Myers, Carrie with Abigail Richards (PI - CBE) NSF   Research Initiation: Formation of Engineering Identity Through Near-Peer Interactions 8/31/2023
Olsen, Kris Legislative Appropriation via MUS/OCHE Proficiency based learning - PD for teachers and school districts 12/31/2023

Pennington, Sarah with Nadya Modyanova, Jayne Downey, Kalli Decker

NIH/INBRE Improving language comprehension via gestures in rural Montana DLD/ASD children  
 Pennington, Sarah with Jeffrey Conger (PI - Arts) MSU/VP-REDGE/HASS Syslexia & Innovation - Phase 2 9/1/2020 - 12/31/2022
Rinio, Deborah, Ann Ewbank Institute Of Museum And Library Services  Indigenous Perspectives in School Librarianship 8/1/2020 - 7/31/2023
Schmitt-Wilson, Sarah with Tara Mastell (PI - Extension) Montana Community Foundation
Survey of Montana Newcomers 4/1/21 - 6/30/22
Schmitt-Wilson, Sarah with Tara Mastell (PI - Extension) Montana Farm Bureau Federation Survey of Montana Newcomers

4/1/21 - 6/30/22

Schmitt Wilson, Sarah Montana Dept of Commerce Come Home Montana

10-1-21 - 7-31-22

Seifert, Tricia TECH GAP FUNDS - MSU VPREDGE Technology Transfer & US Economic Development Admin. Simulating the Transition: Digital Games for College Success

1/1/22 - 12/31/22

Seifert, Tricia MT Office of Public Instruction Tribal Colleges' Enrollment During COVID

9/15/21 - 9/30/24

Seifert, Tricia Montana Rural Education Association Addressing Rural Recruitment & Retention in  Montana  - cash match

3/1/2021 - 9/30/2024

Stanton, Christine with Elizabeth Bird, Jill Ramaker National Endowment for Humanities Landmark Curriculum Project via Fort Peck Community College Buffalo Nations: History and Revitalization of the American Bison 10/1/22-9/30/24
Stanton, Christine MSU Instructional Innovation “I Had a Story to Tell”: Repositioning Pedagogy for Enhanced Interdisciplinary Teacher Education

7/1/2021 - 6/30/2023

Stanton, Christine MSU Center for Faculty Excellence Engaging with Indigenous Community Partners to Develop Book on Relational Research 8/1/22-12/31/22
Taylor, Suzi and partners NASA Science Action Award Aerokats and Rovers Education Network

3/1/2021 - 2/28/2026

Taylor, Suzanne with Chloe Moreland MSU Outreach & Engagement Engaging Montana Youth in Citizen Science 7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023
Turk, Rebecca with Bridget Kevane (Modern Languages & Literature) MSU VP REDGE - HASS Grants Latino Pathways Initiative for Higher Education 6/1/22 - 6/30/24
Versland, Tena with Sarah Schmitt Wilson MSU Provost Assessment Innovation and Effectiveness program Educational Leadership Graduate Survey and Program Assessment Project 7/1/22 - 6/30/23
Windchief, Sweeney with Barbara Komlos (PI - Grad School) Purdue University Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program MSU SIGP Scholar Wellness through Indigenous Foods 8/1/21 - 7/31/22
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 NIH/CAIRHE (MSU)
Translational Biomarkers Core
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; Roth, Aubree
FY2022 School Nutrition Assistance Program 
9/1/21 - 9/30/22
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
Becker, James NIH/INBRE Quantifying Biomechanical and Functional Deficits when Returning to Activity Following Bone Stress Injury 5/1/22 - 4/30/23
 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  
Boylan, Taylor MT DPHHS MT Milestones - Part C 9/30/2023
Boylan, Taylor MT DPHHS Early Care and Education Career Development 9/30/2023
Brennan, Alison Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance Program QPR for Montana Agricultural Communities 2/1/22 - 12/31/22
Byker Shanks, Carmen Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
PSE in Rural Communities 9/1/21 - 8/31/22
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 - 1/31/23
Ebel, Roland with PI Zach Miller (MSU-WARC) Montana Department of Agriculture  Increasing profitability of organic vegetable farms through improved integrated weed management. 10/1/2022 - 9/30/2025
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

10/1/2021 - 6/30/2023

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 with Rebecca Koltz Yellowstone Club Community Foundation  Big Sky School Community: an Exploratory Needs Assessment 1/1/23 - 12/31/23
Franklin, Katey with Rebecca Koltz Spanish  Peaks Community Foundation Big Sky School Community: an Exploratory Needs Assessment

1/1/23 - 12/31/23

Franklin, Katey with Rebecca Koltz Moonlight Basin Community Foundation Big Sky School Community: an Exploratory Needs Assessment 1/1/23 - 12/31/23
Grocke, MIchelle Washington State University Lowering Stress and Reducing Mental Health Stigma Through Physical Activity 9/1/22 - 12/31/22
Grocke, MIchelle USDA via Washington State University
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
Held, Suzanne MSU Scholarship & Creativity Grants Gathering and sharing innovative Indigenous case-management approaches in Montana 6/1/22 - 12/31/22
Held, Suzanne with Vanessa Simonds NIH/ AIAN-CTR Building healthy relationships in the Apsaalooke Community 8/1/2020 - 7/31/2022
Koltz, Daniel MT DPHHS Montana Kinship Navigator Program 22-23 10/1/22 - 9/30/23
Koltz, Daniel MT DPHHS Montana Caregiving Respite Retreat Program 7/1/21 - 6/30/26
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with PI Jenny Grossenbacher and Barb Watson (Institute on Ecosystems) US EPA Montana Pollution Prevention Program: Technical Assistance for the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry and Environmental Justice Through Integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge With Existing P2 Framework to Advance TEK in Federal Decision Making 10/01/22 -09/30/24
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with PI Jenny Grossenbacher and Barb Watson (Institute on Ecosystems) US EPA Montana Pollution Prevention Program 10/01/22 -09/30/24
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with PI Jamie Sherman (Plant Sciences) Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Developing food barley for Montana  1/1/22 - 2/28/23
 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 TECH GAP FUNDS - MSU VPREDGE Technology Transfer & US Economic Development Admin. Commercializing Bonbon Bouye, a Senegalese Indigenous nutrition bar, for Montana Co-Op and MSU Food Product Development Lab 1/1/22 - 12-31/23
Kuo, Wan-Yuan USDA Higher Education Challenge vis NC State
FIRST in PD Teaching: Food Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology in Product Development Teaching
9/1/21 - 7/31/24
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with Mary Miles Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research Fermentation to Unlock the Bio- and Techno-functional potential of underutilized indigenous plants 8/1/21 - 7/31/24
Kuo, Wan-Yuan Montana Dept of Ag Establishing the industry and market for Montana's high-value fractionated pulse ingredients via food product innovation 9/30/21 - 9/29/24
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with PI Bruce Maxwell (LRES) US EPA Montana Pollution Prevention Program: Brewery Sustainability Certification & P2 Student Internship Collaborative for Montana's Food & Beverage Manufacturing & Processing Industries
10/1/2020 - 9/30/2022
Lux, Christine ARPA/DPHHS ARPA Childcare Stabilization at MSU 1/1/22 - 12/31/22
Lux, Christine (with Chris Kearns, Marianne Brough and Deidre Hodgson, Offices of Student Success and Student Engagement) U.S. Dept of Education Montana State University CCAMPIS 10/1/2022 - 9/30/2026
Miles, Mary  Cotton Incorporated Investigating the potential anti-inflammatory benefits of a cotton seed oil-rich diet 12/31/2022
Miles, Mary USDA/AFRI & Pulse Association Therapeutic Impacts of Dietary Pulses on Serum Bile Acids 2/1/2021 - 1/31/2024
Miles, Mary, Kuo, Wan-Yuan 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
Miles, Mary Organic Advisory and Education Council (OAEC) Impact of Beef on Metabolites and Inflammation 5/1/22 - 4/30/24
Rink, Elizabeth
Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre COVID-19 Public Health Outcomes in Arctic Communities: A Multi-Site Case Study Analysis
7/1/21 - 3/31/22
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 USDA Farm 2 School via OPI Cultivating Farm to School Connections in Montana 10/1/21 - 6/30/23
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
Routh, Brianna MT DPHHS Montana Title IV-E Prevention Evaluation 7-1-21 - 6/30/23
Routh, Brianna MSU Center for Faculty Excellence Funding for Family and Health Outreach 8/1/22-12/31/22
Routh, Brianna with Dawn Tarabochia USDA- NIFA GusNIP Produce Prescription Program 9/1/22-8/31/25
Routh, Brianna Brookdale Foundation Kinship Navigator Program 10/1/21 - 9/30/23
Schure, Mark with Suzanne Held MSU/CAIRHE (NIH) Daasachchuchik (‘Strong Heart’): Engaging Apsáalooke community voices for mental health support 9/01/22 - 8/31/23
Schure, Mark
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk: Social, Emotional, and Physical Wellness (Evaluation)
Schure, Mark Yellowstone Club Community Foundation Big Sky Behavioral Assessment of the Big Sky Workforce Population 7/1/22 - 3/31/23
Simonds, Vanessa with PI Mari Eggers (Microbio & Immunology) & Little Big Horn College USDA/AFRI New Beginnings Returning to Our Good Camp 1/1/22 - 12/31/24
 Simonds, Vanessa NSF-AISL Guardians of the Living Water: Advancing Informal STEM Learning in a Tribal Community 9/1/2020 - 3/25/2025
Simonds, Vanessa NIH/NIGMS MW CTR_IN Cmty Engaged Rsch Pilot Grant Strengthening Healthy Relationships among Apsáalooke Youth 7/1/22 - 6/30/23
Stenberg, Molly
2021 Team Nutrition Grant
11/2/20 - 9/30/22
Stenberg, Molly with Aubree Roth, Rebecca Koltz
USDA via MT OPI 2022 Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Nutrition Professional Readiness and Retention  10/1/22 - 6/30/24
Stenberg, Molly with Aubree Roth
USDA via MT OPI 2022 - 2023 School Nutrition Assistance Program  9/1/22 - 9/30/23

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
Luo, Fenqjen with Suzi Taylor NSF Directorate For Education and Human Resources (EHR) - Division Of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Building Capacity to Develop STEM Teacher Leaders in Montana Rural and American Indian Schools 4/1/2023 - 10/31/2023
Pennington, Sarah with Nadya Modyanova MSU/NIH/INBRE Improving Language Comprehension via Gestures in Rural Montana DLD/ASD Children 5/1/2023 - 4/30/ 2024


William Ruff with PI Julie Ruff (Nursing) Gianforte Foundation Healing through Education, Art and Resiliency Teaching  (HEART) III 1/1/23 - 12/31/23
Stanton, Christine National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities for Healing: Coalition-Building for Indigenous Wellbeing, Healing, and Survivance during Humanities Activities 3/1/23-3/1/26

Education Total Pending Grants


Department of Health and Human Development Pending Grants

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award
Graham, David NIH Central mechanisms underlying improvements in reactive balance control in Older Adults 8/2023 - 8/2027
Held, Suzanne with PI Alex Adams (CAIRHE) Cancer Control Research in Persistent Poverty Areas NIH/NCI RFA-CA-22-015 HOPE and CAIRHE 2gether (HC2) 4/1/20 - 3/31/28
Kuo, Wan-Yuan MSU Research Expansion Funds Making better lentil patties by material science engineering thinking 12/5/22 - 12/5/23
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with Chidimma Ifeh American Heritage Chocolate Sustainable cocoa value chain in the eyes of Indigenous wisdom 2/15/23 - 2/14/24
Kuo, Wan-Yuan USDA/NIFA Impact of Sensory Science Nutrition and Sustainability Education on Consumption of Plant-Based Foods 10/1/2021 - 9/30/2025
Lux, Christine with Nicholas Lux NSF DRK12 Collaborative Research: Early Learning STEM America-Montana (ELSAM) 5/1/23- 4/30/27
Ramaker, Jill NSF via Piikanii Lodge Health Institute NSF Engines: Type I: Regenerative Agroforestry for Indigenous Communities of Western Watersheds (Regen Engine) 7/1/23 - 6/30/25
Ramaker, Jill with Roland Ebel USDA via NHS tribal college Calling People Back to the Land - Intergenerational Knowledge Network & Curriculum for Indigenous Food Sovereignty 7/1/23-6/30/28
Rink, Elizabeth NSF Arctic Social Science Illeqqussaassut: An Ethical Framework for Research in Greenland 1/1/24 - 12/31/26
Roth, Aubree with Brianna Routh, Mary Stein, Wan-Yuan Kuo, Nicole Wanago (and Shannon Arnold, College of Ag) USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Growing Montana's Farm To School Leaders 10/1/23 - 9/30/25
Simonds, Vanessa (with Mari Eggers, Microbiology) NSF via UMASS Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science: Guardians of the Living Water Case Study  9/1/23 - 8/31/28
Simonds, Vanessa with PI Mari Eggers (Microbiology) USDA/NIFA Supplement Tribal College STEM Faculty Summer Institute 10/1/22 - 8/31/25
Simonds, Vanessa with PI Mari Eggers (Microbiology) and Sweeney Windchief Howard Hughes Medical Institute  IMPACT STEM Transfer: Inclusive And Meaningful Partnerships for Cultivating Transformation in STEM Transfer 11/01/22 -08/31/28 

HHD Total Pending Grants


College of EHHD Total Pending Grants


Revised  25 September 2020