Our projects are supported by the following funding (current and recent):


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  • Sustainable Socio-economic, Ecological, and Technological Scenarios for Achieving Global Climate Stabilization Through Negative CO2 Emission Policies (NSF RII Track-2 FEC OIA 1632810; $6,000,000; Principal Investigator: Selena Ahmed)
  • Climate Effects on Tea Quality and Socio-Economic Responses (NSF CNH BCS-1313775; $931,000; Co-Principal Investigator: Selena Ahmed)

NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.

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  • Advancing Healthy and Sustainable Diets for All through a Mindful Eating and Community Engagement Intervention on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (NIH NIGMS 5P20GM103474-20; $100,000; Co-Principal Investigator: Selena Ahmed; Advisor: Carmen Byker Shanks)

The Montana INBRE Program is a five year IDeA award by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) division of the National Institutes of Health to build the biomedical research capacity of Montana.


Supporting research that is the foundation for disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. One of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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  • The UnProcessed Pantry Project (NIH NIGMS P20GM104417; 2018-2023; $1,323,502; Principal Investigator: Carmen Byker Shanks)
  • Translational Biomarkers Core (NIH NIGMS P20GM104417; $257,391; Principal Investigator: Selena Ahmed)

A research center for the people of Montana, CAIRHE epitomizes the service mission of MSU. CAIRHE investigators and partners work diligently in Montana’s rural communities and on tribal lands to design health equity research and health interventions that improve quality of life and, ultimately, save lives.



  • Advancing an Inclusive Food Systems Curriculum based on a Signature Pedagogy (USDA 2018-70003-27649; $719,578; Principal Investigator: Selena Ahmed; Co-Principal Investigator Carmen Byker Shanks)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

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  • Montana Team Nutrition (USDA 2019-2022; $663,969; Co-Principal Investigator / Social Scientist: Carmen Byker Shanks)
  • Montana Team Nutrition (USDA 2017-2020; $497,725; Co-Principal Investigator / Social Scientist: Carmen Byker Shanks)

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

USGS: science for a changing world


  • Climate Effects on the Culture and Ecology of Sugar Maple (USGS G15AC00479; $149,867; Co-Principal Investigator: Selena Ahmed)

Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.