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The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is to advance innovation and discovery. The core of this mission is the research, scholarship, and creative works of UNM faculty. The OVPR seeks to facilitate these activities, resulting in new knowledge and applications of value to academic communities and the public. Some initiatives supported by the OVPR are included below. Please direct any questions you may have about these opportunities to

Women in STEM


2017 Women in STEM Seed Grant Recipients
An anonymous gift has been made to UNM to support research by, and professorships for, women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Income from investment of this gift will be used to assist UNM women tenure-track and tenured assistant and associate STEM professors with establishing new research areas and developing research collaborations. For this award, STEM faculty are defined as those with research interests that align with research priorities identified by NSF, NIH (non-clinical), or DOE. Three types of awards are available: 1) travel awards to foster collaborations, 2) seed awards to stimulate research projects that will lead to additional external funding and 3) workshop awards designed to generate innovative research ideas and collaborations.

On behalf of the Office of the Provost, the call for 2018 Women in STEM proposals has just been released by the OVPR Faculty Research Development Office and ADVANCE at UNM. Proposals must be submitted to by 5:00pm, March 26, 2018. Guidelines can be found by following this link. Questions about this program should be submitted to Refer to the Finding Funding page and Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Interdisciplinary Research Discussion Support


The Office of the Vice President for Research is offering to support Interdisciplinary Research Discussion Groups to encourage cross disciplinary research collaboration. These discussion groups will bring together faculty members to combine their diverse expertise and perspectives to generate new ideas that address interdisciplinary questions and areas of scholarship in which UNM could expand its national reputation. 

Proposals can be submitted to starting September 12, 2016. The OVPR anticipates supporting 1-2 discussion groups per month. For additional information, contact Mary Jo Daniel at 277-0168 or Further information can be found in the 2016 Office of VP for Research Solicitation.

Brain, Big Data, and Computation


The UNM Brain, Big Data, and Computation Seed Fund Program supports innovative, early-stage research across the spectrum of brain-related research, encouraging faculty from throughout UNM’s campus to collaborate in exploring new ideas and to open up new avenues for research. The program targets faculty well-established in the field, new faculty, and others who are applying their expertise in new areas.

2016 Brain, Big Data, and Computation Seed Grant Awardees