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UNM faculty, students, and staff can access the Pivot funding search database when they are logged into their myUNM or are using the university network. Pivot is a comprehensive global source of funding opportunities enabling researchers to search for specific funders or to use key words to sort through funding relative to their research goals. The Foundation Directory Online is available through the Library to anyone logged into their myUNM. Early Career Investigators are also encouraged to look at our Early Career Funding Opportunities page where they can find funding opportunities from major sponsors specific to their current career status. Internal UNM seed funding opportunities are below and results of those relative to the Office of the Vice President for Research can be found on the Faculty Support Initiatives page. You can schedule a meeting with a funding specialist by clicking the Request for Proposal Support button below.

Grand Challenges Seed Funding Opportunities


The Sustainable Water Grand Challenge Request for Proposals (RFP)

Due Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Request for Proposals (RFP): Research proposals for seed funding, focusing on the grand challenge of sustainable water resources are requested. The intent is to promote new collaborations of interdisciplinary researchers that will lead to external funding and, ultimately, will contribute to our sustainable water future.

Up to four grants, up to $10,000 each are anticipated to be awarded.

Requirements: Representation from at least two UNM main campus, HSC, or branch campus departments or units is required. The lead Principal Investigator (PI) must be eligible to serve as a PI on a federal award for UNM. The co-PI must be a full-time UNM employee and reside in a different department or unit from the lead. Members of the Sustainable Water Resources Grand Challenge leadership team are not eligible to apply.

The period of the award will be January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Proposal are due no later than Nov 14th. Complete information is provided in the RFP.

2020 Women in STEM Seed Funding Opportunity


On behalf of the Office of the Provost, the OVPR Faculty Research Development Office and ADVANCE at UNM invite faculty to submit proposals for projects to the 2020 Women in STEM competition.

Eligible PIs may request up to:

$3,000 for travel expenses for a research collaborator to visit UNM or for the UNM faculty member to travel to meet with a collaborator; OR
$10,000 for seed funding for new research for a single PI proposal; OR
$15,000 for seed funding for new research if two women STEM faculty at UNM collaborate on a proposal OR
$8,000 for a 2-3 day workshop that brings together 5-10 scholars to develop ideas and research across STEM departments and disciplines.

This year, women research assistant and associate faculty are eligible to apply for the awards. Other eligible applicants include tenure-track and tenured women faculty members at UNM who hold the rank of assistant or associate professor and who are pursuing research in areas supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (non-clinical) or the Department Of Energy.

Submit proposals by email to by 5:00pm, April 6, 2020. Click here for the Solicitation and here to read about Frequently Asked Questions.

Funding Search Consultation


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Request for Proposal Support

Foundation Funding Search Engines


Select "Foundation Directory Online" under the "Foundation Center" bullet to be directed to this search tool. You must be logged into your myUNM.

Search GuideStar for the most complete, up-to-date nonprofit data available including access to foundation 990’s.

New Mexico Grantmakers Directory


The New Mexico Grantmakers Directory is a searchable database to help you learn about grantmakers in the state, as well as grantmakers outside of the state who fund nonprofits in New Mexico.

Search PIVOT Funding Database


Custom PIVOT Funding Weekly Updates by Affiliation

Click the customized link below to find funding weekly opportunities relative to the specific disciplines included below.

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Management, Business, and Finance


Federal Agency Funding Databases


A grant is a way the government funds your ideas and projects to provide public services and stimulate the economy.