Leading the state. Impacting the world. 

Montana State University is the largest research and development entity of any kind in the state. Our commitment to groundbreaking research and embracing opportunity has landed us among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the nation for research expenditures, of which we average over $120 million annually.

Our land-grant university has evolved into a world-renowned institution boasting an impressive scope of talent and expertise among our faculty, staff and students. In the following pages, you’ll see glimpses of the kinds of research happening at MSU, which spans everything from studying the origins of life on Earth to developing technologies for self-driving vehicles to understanding black holes in distant galaxies.  

I invite you to explore this overview of Montana State University’s research and to reach out to the researchers and centers within to learn more about the phenomenal work they are doing every day.

Renee A Reijo Pera, PhD

Vice President for Research and Economic Development