Applied Research Lab

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The ARL utilizes MSU faculty and students 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 research education for faculty, staff, and students: an Analytical Core and an Imaging 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 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: Kristen Intemann

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


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 150 technology acceleration and transition projects for every military service, including joint and special commands.

Director: Al Deibert



The goal of Montana NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.

Director: Angela Des Jardins



NSF EPSCoR is focused on stimulating sustainable improvements in Montana’s Research and Development capacity and competitiveness in science and engineering research.

Directors: Todd Kipfer and Rob Walker

Optical Technology Center

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

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 opto-electronic technologies emerging from the research laboratories of MSU and foster their transition to Montana companies, and in the process, providing enhanced educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Director: Krishna Rupavatharam


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TechLink was established to help technology companies in Montana and the surrounding states develop productive technology partnerships with the nation’s ten NASA centers. In 1999, it became the Department of Defense’s first national partnership intermediary.

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 investigate and resolve water problems by fostering water-resource stewardship and sponsoring statewide water-related research.

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: David Kack