Montana Technological University has been at the forefront of academic research since it was founded in 1900. Our campus is home to five research centers that facilitate our institution’s research into a number of fields, including the sustainable extraction and utilization of earth resources; design, and manufacturing processes of advanced materials; remediation, restoration, and assessment of the environment; and biomedical science and biotechnology.

Montana Tech has a reputation for excellence. In fiscal year 2022, our research teams and centers brought in a record amount of external funding, with $31 million awarded by leading and local agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Butte-Silver Bow government, and the National Institutes of Health.

Our institution may be smaller compared to other universities, but our reach is vast. Oredigger discoveries help shape the world in which we live, for the benefit of everyone. In our campus prospective researchers, graduate students and faculty will find tremendous opportunity on our campus nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

5 Research Centers & Entities
World-class Laboratories and Facilities
$31 million in outside grants (2021)

Research Focus Areas 

Research Areas

Our investigators can be separated into four fields of study, including Earth Resources: Sustainable Extraction & Utilization; Advanced Materials, Design, and Manufacturing Processes; Environmental Remediation, Assessment, & Restoration; and Biomedical Science & Biotechnology.

Center for Advanced Material Processing (CAMP)

The Center for Advanced Materials Processing was founded in 1989 and focuses on analytical laboratory testing, materials laboratory testing, and research program management.


The Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment oversees environmental solutions that aid in responsible natural resource use, development, closure and reuse.


Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology geoscientists collect, interpret, and distribute geologic data used to manage Montana’s water, land, mineral, and energy resources, and to assess geologic hazards.


The Underground Mine Education Center give hands-on learning opportunities for courses in mining, geological, environmental and metallurgical engineering and occupational safety and health.


Positive Community Impact

We are proudly integrated into the Butte community. See how our work impacts Butte, America.

Public Lecture Series

The Montana Tech Public Lecture Series brings speakers from a wide variety of disciplines to our campus.

Distinguished Researcher Awards

Each year Montana Tech presents the Distinguished Researcher Awards and Lifetime Distinguished Researcher Award to honor faculty and MBMG staff for their contributions to research and scholarly activity.


Students in any degree area involved in a research project at Montana Tech or Highlands College are encouraged to participate in Techxpo.

Research is a pillar of STEM education at Montana Tech.
See how our researchers are helping the Army Research Lab develop technologies of the future.
Research Resources
Research Tools for Faculty & Staff

Research grants can be complicated. Visit our one-stop shop to help stay in compliance sponsor, university and state guidelines.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Seed grants are available for new and tenured or tenure-track faculty. See past projects, awardees and a call for proposals.

Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer

Find memorandums of understanding, policy, agreement, and disclosure forms.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students at Montana Tech have many opportunities to engage deeply in several types of diverse experiences that help prepare them for success in their careers. Undergraduate research—nationally recognized as a high-impact practice—is particularly strong on campus.  

Tech Commercialization

Alpha Tech has been granted several economic development grants by the Butte-Silver Bow, and has signed a letter of intent with the Praxis Center, a state-of-the-art rural medicine training facility in uptown Butte. Alpha Tech will exist in a business incubator within the Praxis Center, facilitating the relationship between Montana Tech and the Praxis Center, as well as connecting the MUS to small businesses built on MUS-invented technologies.

High Performance Computing Cluster (HPC)

Learn more about how the HPC, high-powered supercomputer helps drive research and innovation at Montana Tech. Parallel computing powers greatly reduce the amount of processing time required for large amounts of data.

Research Integrity

Research compliance includes requirements related to human subjects research, conflict of interest, responsible conduct of research, animal care and use, safety and environmental protection, and appropriate use of sponsor funds. Montana Tech is committed to ensuring all research complies with federal, state, university, and sponsor policies.

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We are here to answer your questions, and connect you with the right resources to optimize research, growth, and discovery.

Victoria Pagan
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research