Research Expenditures FY19 $154M - FY19 Research Expenditures
2000+ graduate students
281 Intellectual Property Licenses in effect at the close of FY19


Grand Challenge Highlights


Satellite Launch

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Securing the Future of Montana

Cybersecurity, photonics and optics, defense, governance and public policy

Colony Collapse

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Food and Fuel Security

Sustainable food systems, precision agriculture, energy production, transmission and storage

Coronavirus Spillover

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Promoting Wellness in Our Communities

Access and equity in education and health outcomes, community-based participatory research, biomedical sciences and entrepreneurship

Honored Scientist

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Caring for Our Environment

Environmental science, design, engineering, architecture and social structure








Office of Sponsored Programs


The Office of Sponsored Programs engages in the award life cycle from the time a funding source is identified to the close-out of a grant or award. In fiscal year 2020, OSP opened 613 new grants and provided oversight for MSU's $166 million in research expenditures.

Office of Research Compliance


The Office of Research Compliance oversees University programs designed to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations for research, creates and supports an environment that furthers the ethical and responsible conduct of research, including the Conflict of Interest Management Program and the Research Integrity Verification Program.

Graduate School


The Graduate School strives to foster an environment that produces outstanding graduate scholars who contribute new ideas and knowledge using creative and innovative approaches to solve challenges in an evolving world.

Technology Transfer office


The Technology Transfer Office pursues three primary goals:

  • Establishing collaborations and working relationships between industry and each of the research and creative areas of MSU. This includes pursuing industry sponsored research and collaborating on commercial opportunities.
  • Licensing the inventions of MSU faculty and researchers to industry and managing the relationship between the University and its licensee partners.
  • Serving the economic development arm of the University and working with Montana companies and entrepreneurs to leverage the resources of MSU to the benefit of Montana's economy.
Centers and Institutes


Centers & Institutes

As a land-grant university, MSU has a long tradition of supporting basic and applied research and creative activity. Research in MSU’s Centers and Institutes investigates everything from Agriculture to Zero Emissions.

Research Centers and Institutes contribute in unique ways to the common goals of expanding knowledge, generating new discoveries and/or having a positive impact on society through informing policy and systemic change. Communities of researchers and staff in Research Centers and Institutes provide a stimulating environment that encourages early researchers and challenges experienced researchers. Research Centers and Institutes also contribute to the education and training of the researchers of the future by serving as learning environments for students. Interdisciplinary collaboration is promoted by Research Centers and Institutes both within the Institution and among MUS Institutions.

Core Facilities


Core Facilities

MSU Bozeman campus boasts more than 355,000 sq. ft. of total lab space, including more than 195,000 sq. ft. devoted to Research labs. There are more than 145 Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1) and Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) laboratories.



Mary Miles

994-Calling with Mary Miles. We have had an exciting slate of MSU researchers lined up for 2020-21.  During these sessions, we ask our speakers to “tell their story” –- which usually includes some fun background, where they trained, how they came to MSU, and a few key highlights on their research and scholarship.  We have been hosting one per month virtually, and our last 994-Calling for this season will feature Mary Miles, Professor of Health & Human Development,on Monday, May 24, from 4-5 p.m.

994-Calling with Mary Miles (Monday, May 24, 4-5 p.m.)

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