Applied Research Lab

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The ARL utilizes MSU faculty, students and staff combined with Montana industry to engage in many areas of the university’s research expertise, including laser and photonics, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, and cyber security.


Director: Al Deibert

Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity

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The mission of CAIHRE is to reduce significant health disparities in Native and rural communities through community-based participatory research that is considerate of and consistent with their cultural beliefs.

Director: Alexandra Adams

Center for Biofilm Engineering

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The CBE is the world’s first, largest, and best-known biofilm research center. This interdisciplinary resource has two facilities to support research and education for faculty, staff, students, and visitors: an Analytical Core and a Bioimaging Core.

Director: Matthew Fields

Center for Health & Safety Culture

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The CHSC is an interdisciplinary center serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. The Center is dedicated to applying research to develop sustainable solutions to complex social problems.

Director: Jay Otto and Kari Finley

Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery

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CMHRR  is an interdisciplinary MSU research center, established in 2014 as part of the Office of Research and Economic Development. CMHRR facilitates collaborative and inclusive research related to mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on mental health needs of Montanans and rural communities, including K-12 public school communities.
Director: Katey Franklin

Center for Research on Rural Education

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The faculty and students in MSU's Center for Research on Rural Education are on a mission to repond to the pressing concerns of small, rural, and remote schools and communities across Montana, the nation, and the world through carefully designed service and research.

Director: Jayne Downey

Center for Science, Technology, Ethics & Society

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The mission of the Center for STES is to produce interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking about the social and ethical dimensions of science and technology through research, teaching, and public engagement. 

Director: John Sheppard

Energy Research Institute

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The ERI conducts energy investigations in a wide variety of fields including basic energy science, bioenergy, fuel cells, smart grid and controls, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and carbon sequestration. 

Director: Lee Spangler

IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

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Montana INBRE is a statewide network of Ph.D.-granting institutions, baccalaureate schools and community and tribal colleges that invests in Montana’s biomedical research capacity and workforce pipeline.

Director: Brian Bothner


Institute on Ecosystems

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The Montana IOE is a community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated environmental sciences and related fields as we work to understand complex ecosystems.

Director: Andy Hansen



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The mission of MilTech is to accelerate the transition of new technology to the U.S. Government. Since 2004 MilTech has performed over 600 technology acceleration and transition projects for DHS and every military service, including joint and special commands. 

Director: Al Deibert

Montana Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR

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The goal of Montana Space Grant and NASA EPSCoRis to strengthen education and research in fields related to aerospace science and engineering. Space Grant provides STEM workforce development opportunities that are available to all Montana higher education students. NASA EPSCoR provides funding to develop long-term, self-sustaining, nationally competitive capabilities in NASA-related research.

Director: Angela Des Jardins



Montana NSF EPSCoRis focused on stimulating statewide sustainable improvements in Montana’s Research and Development capacity and competitiveness in the natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering disciplines.

Director: Rob Walker

Office of Technology Translation Research (OTTR)

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The Office of Technology Translation Research assists organizations in advancing technology through the Valley of Death (VoD) to transform ideas into inventions that are then implemented by the end user. OTTR provides direct assistance with experienced resources to catalyze technology translation to increase speed and agility. Director: Todd Daniels

Optical Technology Center

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The goal of the OpTec Center is  to maintain a nationally competitive optics and photonics program that promotes student opportunities, economic development, and collaboration with industry.

Director: Joe Shaw

Science Math Resource Center


The Science Math Resource Center is devoted to the advancement of science and mathematics teaching and learning. We provide professional development, conduct educational research and host youth STEM events such as the statewide Science Olympiad.

Director: Suzi Taylor

Spectrum Lab

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The Spectrum Lab was established to advance the emerging opto-electronic and photonics technologies and foster their transition to Montana companies; and in the process, provide enhanced educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students. The current areas of research and development include microwave photonics, coherent lidar imaging and quantum technologies

Director: Krishna Rupavatharam



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TechLink helps innovation-minded businesses and entrepreneurs identify, evaluate, and license technology developed within Department of Defense and Veterans Administration research laboratories nationwide.


Director: Brett Cusker

Technology Transfer Office


The goals of the TTO include: establishing collaborations and working relationships between industry and MSU; licensing inventions, and serving as the economic development arm of the university.

Director: Daniel Juliano

Thermal Biology Institute

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The TBI is a multidisciplinary team of scientists forging a new path in scientific discovery focused on the unique thermal environments within Yellowstone National Park.

Director: Brent Peyton

Water Center

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The Montana Water Center aims to address Montana’s water challenges by fostering statewide water-related research and stewardship, connecting water investigators and students seeking employment with USGS, state agencies, and watershed groups. We offer faculty and graduate student grants with USGS base funding, and support water-related proposals.

Director: Stephanie Ewing


Western Transportation Institute

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WTI is the country’s largest university-based research center focused on rural transportation issues, including eight transportation research programs.

Director: Kelvin Wang