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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

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.

Early Career Investigator Support


The OVPR is committed to helping early career investigators at UNM succeed in their research related efforts. In support of this initiative, the Faculty Research Development Office has developed a portion of this website specifically geared to answering questions and providing opportunities for Early Career Investigators, as well as highlighting the success of these research scholars.

If you are an early investigator at UNM and would like to receive special emails related to workshops, resources, and funding opportunities specifically developed for early investigators, please sign up for the Early_PI Listserv.

Women in STEM


2019 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.