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



FY2021 EHHD Grant Submissions by Faculty
Department of Education * $5,229,916
Department of Health and Human Development * $22,580,049
Department of Education ** $8,037,735
Department of Health and Human Development ** $26,906,686

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

FY2021 EHHD Grant Awards by Department**
Department of Education $1,318,248
Department of Health and Human Development $4,055,768


FY2021 EHHD Grant Awards by Department**
Department of Education $3,710,166
Department of Health and Human Development $7,099,076


FY2021 EHHD Grant Success Rate
Department of Education 65%
Department of Health and Human Development 27%


FY2021 Submitted Grants that Remain Pending**
Department of Education $161,591
Department of Health and Human Development $310,589


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 with Janelle Rasmussen (PI - OIP) International Research & Exchange Board  Fulbright TEA 2022 5/1/2021 - 12/1/2021
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 - Montana NAMI Montana YAM Support 12/31/2021
 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  Bozeman Deaconess Health Services Pilot Feasibility Study of Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM)   9/1/20 - 6/30/2021
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 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

Kalonde, Gilbert

MSU Faculty Excellence Grant Technology Integration in middle and high school STEM classrooms

Lux, Nicholas with Hu

ghes, Bryce

NSF Minecraft-Based Middle Grades Spatial Skills Learning

Lux, Nicholas with 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 8/31/2021
Olsen, Kris MUS/OCHE Proficiency based learning - PD for teachers and school districts 12/31/2023


 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
Schmitt-Wilson, Sarah with Tara Mastell (PI - Extension) Montana Community Foundation
Survey of Montana Newcomers 4/1/21 - 12/31/2021
Schmitt-Wilson, Sarah with Tara Mastell (PI - Extension) Montana Farm Bureau Federation Survey of Montana Newcomers

4/1/21 - 12/31/2021

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

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
Stanton, Christine MSU Instructional Innovation “I Had a Story to Tell”: Repositioning Pedagogy for Enhanced Interdisciplinary Teacher Education

7/1/2021 - 6/30/2022

Taylor, Suzi PlayOsmo (private industry) Distribution of OSMO Creative Kit educational technologies to rural Montana communities

3/15/21 - 6/30/21

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

3/1/2021 - 2/28/2026

Taylor, Suzi Lyda Hill Philanthropies via the National Girl Collaborative Project IF/THEN Collection Grants for NGCP Leadership Teams 5/1/21 - 9/30/21
Taylor, Suzi with Mary Anne Hansen (MSU Library) Citizen Science, Civics and Resilient Communities: Supporting Montana Tribal College Libraries NOAA

5/1/21 - 10/31/21


Taylor, Suzi Franklin Institute Leap Into Science 5/1/21 - 12/31/21
Versland, Tena with Jayne Downey, Sarah Wilson MSU Outreach & Engagement Montana Rural Education Needs Assessment 6/30/2022
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 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 - 12/31/2021
Becker, James International Biathlon Union Role of Core Stability and Dynamic Balance in Biathlon Performance 11/24/21 - 3/31/22
 Becker, James  University of Nevada Las Vegas (CTRIN) Movement Screening to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injury in Adolescent Runners 


 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 9/30/2022
Boylan, Taylor MT DPHHS Early Care and Education Career Development 9/30/2022
Byker Shanks, Carmen Montana No Kid Hungry
Exploring the Food Security Experience Among Native College Students at Montana State University 10/1/21 - 12/31/21
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 - 2/1/2022
 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

10/1/2021 - 10/31/2022

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 


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
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 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
Held, Suzanne NIH Improving chronic illness management with the Apsaalooke Nation: The Baa nnilah Project 3/31/2022
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
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 Caregiving Respite Retreat Program 7/1/21 - 6/30/26
 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
8/1/21 - 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 MSU Faculty Excellence Grant Early Childhood Movement Education 6/30/2022
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 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
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
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 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
Roth, Aubree and Bark, Katie USDA via MT OPI Putting Down Roots: Strengthening Regional Farm to School Connections in Montana 12/31/2021
Routh, Brianna National 4H Council
Montana's Well Connected Communities
Routh, Brianna Montana State Government
`Kinship Navigator Program
Routh, Brianna with PI Joel Schumacher (Ag Econ) Extension Foundation and CDC
Equipping Montanans to Talk to Friends and Families about Covid-19 Immunization Options
6/1/21 - 3/31/22
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 Brookdale Foundation Kinship Navigator Program 10/1/21 - 9/30/22
Routh, Brianna MT DPHHS Montana Kinship navigator Program 21-22 10/1/21 - 9/30/22
Schure, Mark
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk: Social, Emotional, and Physical Wellness (Evaluation)
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 8/1/2020 - 7/31/2022
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 NIH/AIAN-CTR Planning Grant Promoting Healthy Relationships among Apsaalooke Youth 8/1/2020 - 7/31/2022
 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
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
Harmon, Alison with Christy Sofianek Stranahan Foundation Support for the Life Scholars Program 1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Department of Education Pending Grants

Principal Investigator Agency Grant Title End Date
Total Award
Aylward, Alexandra with PI Julie Ruff (Nursing) and William Ruff Spencer Foundation Helaing through Education and Resiliency Teaching (HEART) 7/31/23

 Hammack, Rebekah

NSF-DRK12/Univ. North Dakota
Scaling Up Modest Supports in Rural Schools: A multi-state approach to NGSS teacher professional learning
Pennington, Sarah with Nadya Modyanova, Jayne Downey and Kalli Decker NIH/INBRE Improving language comprehension via gestures in rural Montana DLD/ASD children 5/1/22-4/30/23
Ruff, William with PI Julie Ruff (Nursing) MSU VPREDGE Research Expansion Funds Healing through Educaiton And Resilency Teaching (HEART) 8/31/22
Schmitt-Wilson, Sarah Montana Dept. of Commerce Come Home Montana 7/31/22
Stanton, Christine Spencer Fdn Research-Practice Partnerships (via U. Missouri) "It's Gonna be OUR Story": A Participatory Approach to the Development of an Indigenizing, Anti-Colonial Praxis in Rural, Native American Reservation Contexts 7/1/23 - 6/30/25
Versland, Tena with Jayne Downey, Sarah Schmitt Wilson Spencer Foundation via Ohio University An Examination of Trust in Rural Educational Settings: Creating a Model for Developing and Sustaining Rural School-University-Community Partnerships 7/1/22 - 6/30/24

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 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
Becker, James NIH/INBRE Quantifying Biomechanical and Functional Deficits when Returning to Activity Following Bone Stress Injury 5/1/22 - 4/30/23
Brennan, Alison Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance Program QPR for Montana Agricultural Communities 12/31/22
Graham, David with PI Scott Manfort (MIE) National Institutes of Health Elucidating the Relevance of Cognitive-Motor Function to Biomarkers of Knee Osteoarthritis 6/30/2024
Held, Suzanne with PI Yoshiko Colclough (Nursing) NIH The Blackfeet Community Hospice Project 7/31/2024
Kuo, Wan-Yuan Institute of Food Technologists Indigenizing Food Science for F ood Independence - Building Indigenous farm-to-school programs with Senegal smallholder women farmers 1/31/2025
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with PI Jamie Sherman (Plant Sciences) Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Developing food barley for Montana  12/31/22
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
Kuo, Wan-Yuan with Sumedh Garg Institute of Food Technology Caldell Graduate Fellowship Cold-hardy berries as a promising opportunity to growers in the Western United States  6/30/23
Routh, Brianna with PI Patrick Mangan (MSU Extension) National 4-H Council and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Well Connected Communities Wave 3 1/1/22 - 10/31/23
Routh, Brianna Montana DPHHS Montana Title IV-E Prevention Evaluation 7-1-21 - 6/30/23
Schure, Mark with Suzanne Held Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Addressing Apsaalooke barriers to accessing and receiving culturally consonant mental health care 2/28/25
Simonds, Vanessa Mtn West CTR_IN Cmty Engaged Rsch Pilot Grant Strengthening Healthy Relationships among Apsáalooke Youth 6/30/23

HHD Total Pending Grants


College of EHHD Total Pending Grants


Revised  25 September 2020