Scientific Presence Montana

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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity; a picture of inventive and innovative trends, emerging markets, talent pools, and the depth of scientific, technical and engineering enterprise, the indicators of future economic development and growth.


2013 Way Better Count: 192 — US Rank — #48
2013 Official Count: 118— US Rank — #48
Patents 1963—2013: 3,883
Use the Map and Scientific Presence Indicators and Metrics at left to examine the elements of scientific presence in Montana or click the map to see the Scientific Presence Profile for another state. The Scientific Presence profiles are dynamic and are updated when new metrics and observatons become available, please visit often.

Businesses & Outposts

11 Organizations

National and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations
earning patents with first named inventors from Montana.

The Top Ten

Companies Working With Montana Inventors 2009—2013 based on first named inventors who are from Montana.


The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 55 | 2013 — 73 | 2013 — 61
Total 1977—2014: 2,616
2014 US Rank: #43 | Overall Rank: #40

Independent Inventors are not affiliated with a company or other entity when their patents are granted. Many independent inventors use their patents as an important asset for new business formation. If a patent has more than one inventor, each inventor is counted according to his or her state of residence at the time of patent grant. If an inventor has more than one patent, he or she is counted once for each patent.
Source: USPTO

Research & Development (R&D)

Total 2012 R&D Expenditures in Montana: $408,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #47 | R&D Intensity — 1.05%
Montana GDP — $38,933,000,000 | GDP Rank — 49
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Montana R&D Spending

In Millions of Dollars — 000,000)
SOURCES: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF/NCSES), National Patterns of R&D Resources (annual series), Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey, Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges, Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, Survey of State Government R&D. State GDP data are from the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, http://www.bea.gov, accessed 1 August 2013.
Category Subcategory US
R&D Spending
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $408
Business Business - Total 294,093 136
Paid by The Business 238,768 118
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 10
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 8
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 195
Federal Sources 37,714 132
Other Government Sources 3,718 6
Business 3,189 2
University &College Directly 12,965 45
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 10
Other Non-Profits 6,553 7
States Internal NA 2
Federal 35,775 68
FFRDCs Total 17,718 0
FFRDCs - Federal NA 0
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 0

Montana Higher Education R&D (HERD) Spending

(Dollars in thousands - 000)
Source: National Science Foundation — Higher education R&D (HERD) expenditures, by geographic division, state, and source of funds: FY 2012
All R&D
Federal Government State & Local
Institution Funding Business Nonprofit
All Other Sources
US $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
Montana 196,721 127,203 9,829 49,032 2,228 1,637 6,792

See how higher education funding breaks down by the source of the funding and the science, technology, and engineering domain where it is spent.

Follow the Money | Spending by Source & Domain →

Scientists & Engineers

Population with college degrees, scientific or engineering degrees, and doctorates in S&E research domains.


All Degrees
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2009
Total Population over 25 with College Degrees
Location All Degrees S&E Degrees S&E % Margin of
US 56,335,654 20,498,538 36.4% 0.1%
Montana 177,632 62,283 35.1% 2.1%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Montana 84%
Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate 2011-2012, Source US Department of Education
Map of College Degrees by State

Doctorate Degrees
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2012.
Location US Rank Doctorate Degrees Granted % of US Total
US 51,008
Montana 47 92 0%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

None of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in Montana.


A look at the research focused institutions supporting the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at Montana Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures
  All institutions $65,774,524
133 Montana State University, Bozeman 124,228
187 University Montana, Missoula 59,313
310 Montana Tech of University Montana 11,765
589 Salish Kootenai College 1,415
  Totals —  Montana $ 196,721

Follow the Money | How Money Was Allocated to Montana Institutions →

Federally Funded R&D Centers

There are no Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Montana.

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
There are no federal laboratories in Montana

Federal Laboratories | US Master List →

About Scientific Presence

Indicia of Economic Growth, New Corporate Outposts and New Markets
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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity in a particular location. Way Better Patents™ combines its own custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative information on R&D spending, demographic data, STEM education information, economic data, grant data, information on patent owners, and the presence of young companies, the engines of most new job creation, to create each Scientific Presence Profile.
Scientific Presence metrics, when combined with information about new patented inventions, presents a picture of emerging inventive and innovative trends, nascent market development, the depth of scientific activity in a location, the companies establishing outposts in new locations beyond their corporate headquarters, and how many people are participating in these activities.
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