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Research Office Newsletter Spring 2009


Montana Tech and Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

INBRE Webpage

(March 26, 2009) Montana Tech is gearing up for the Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) II Project expected to begin May 1, 2009, pending funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Montana INBRE program is comprised of 15 higher education institutions across the state. The program seeks to increase health-related research and promote student research opportunities to foster student development in biomedical sciences. Montana Tech’s portion of the project is expected to be over one million dollars in research funding over five years, depending on the final grant award from NIH. The upcoming INBRE II cycle will include 26 research projects, with three projects at Montana Tech. Funding for each project is divided up over the 5 years of the program. MORE



MBMG 2009 Research Seminar Series

Each Spring the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology hosts a Seminar Series featuring a variety of presentations from both on campus faculty and professionals in various fields. Seminars are each Thursday at 4 PM in Room 101 of the Chemistry and Biology Building on the Montana Tech campus. Contact Peggy Delaney or Colleen Elliott in the Bureau for more information.



April 9, 2009

Trilby Cox

Earthscope-US Array


April 16, 2009

Gary Icopini, MBMG

Pharmaceuticals in groundwater


April 23, 2009

Jim Sears, UM

Rafting Siberia: A 500 Mile Geological Journey


April 30, 2009

Julie Ahern, MBMG

Ground-Water Flow Modeling of the Lower Beaverhead River Basin


May 7, 2009

Shawn Reddish, MBMG

Modeling Alluvial Aquifers - Stillwater River



Tech's Biology Department Restoring Native Plant Diversity on the Butte Hill

by Richard Douglass

Butte Hill

The reclamation and remediation of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin, after more than a century of ecological abuse, is an unprecedented and absolutely historic event. What is done in the basin will provide a model for restoration activities world wide.


Much has been done in stabilizing disturbed sites and isolating mining related toxic chemicals. However, the goal is and should be to return the damaged areas the environment to as close to its original state as possible. Our project’s aim is to assist in the remediation of damaged areas by providing ways to restore native plant diversity and hopefully reduce the need for continued weed spraying. MORE Warning: Submit Early to Avoid System Delays! has been experiencing extreme system slowness due to the large number of users submitting proposals. This problem is expected to get worse as submission of economic stimulus package proposals begins. Many institutions are experiencing timeouts and multiple errors when attempting to submit research proposals.


If you are preparing a proposal to be submitted through, please notify the Research Office as soon as possible. It is imperative to submit the final proposal to several days in advance of the deadline, in order to fix errors and work through the system problems. Proposals submitted on the deadline date may not be completed in time causing you to miss the agency’s deadline, and some agencies will not accept late proposals even if it is a result of issues.



Associate Vice Chancellor's Corner

Associate Vice Chancellor's Corner

The year has been full of wonder and excitement so far. The economic meltdown, no doubt caused by the ongoing global warming, has brought many opportunities. Congress has placed a very large bet on the research community and allocated $3 billion of new research money to the NSF and $10 billion of the same coin to the NIH to name a few. As I am telling folks, this represents a once in a lifetime opportunity (at least I hope it is once in a lifetime) for the research community across the country to bring their best ideas forward. The Research Office is distributing the information it receives and is making special services and workshops available over the next several months to maximize your chances of success in capturing some of these opportunities. MORE



Montana Tech Research By the Numbers

In March, the Research Office released the Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2008


Research Funding data was analyzed and compared to previous years to determine the ‘health’ of Research at Montana Tech.


For more information, check out the full Annual Research Report for 2008 online at


Total Awards by Fiscal Year

Total Awards by Fiscal Year



Grant Writing Activity Success

Grant Writing Activity Success



Papers, Publications & Presentations

The Research Office monitors faculty publications as one way of tracking scholarly activity on campus. All publications are self-reported by the authors. The chart below illustrates the number of papers in press, presentations, and published works submitted to the Research Office over the past 5 years. This data includes Research Faculty and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Click here to view the publications list for 2008.


Papers, Publications and Presentations by Year

Papers, Publicaitons and Presentations by Year



New Fringe and Indirect Cost Rates: Effective September 1, 2008

See Indirect Cost and Benefits on the Policy and Procedures page for the most up-to-date rates.



New Funding August 2008 - March 2009

List of New Funded Projects since August 2008. MORE



Did you know? Tips and Tricks

All Montana Tech Employees have to fill out a Conflict of Interest Declaration Form. Find the form and details at


Only the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) can submit grant proposals and sign contracts on behalf of Montana Tech. Dr. Joseph Figueira, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research is Montana Tech’s AOR.


You need a login and password to upload documents to the National Institutes of Health eRA Commons. Contact the Research Office to get signed up.


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