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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITYMONTANA STATE UNIVERSITYOFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, CREATIVITY AND Economic Development
Montana State University has been designated as a Carnegie Higher Research University – R2. This recognizes the significant opportunities for research, scholarship and creative work at MSU. MSU has significant research strengths in energy, biomedical, laser optics, thermopiles, infectious diseases, paleontology, snow science, mental health research and science and natural history filmmaking. MSU contributes significantly to the economic health of the state through training a qualified, specialized workforce and conducting research that results in new technologies which can be commercialized. Currently, MSU has over 200 licenses of which almost one third are with Montana companies. MSU, with $118 million last year in research expenditures, is the largest research and development entity in the State. To promote the success of business throughout the state, several economic development outreach arms are housed on the MSU campus and provide critical support to business growth and development by supporting area companies: Technology Licensing Office, TechLink, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) and the Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West.